The Bubblewrapping of America and Other Thoughts on Crime/Society


My friend posted this eloquent status on Facebook. I liked the part about it being a matter of crime control not gun control. It got me thinking a lot about the state of America and what not. What a perfect America would look like in terms of crime and society on the whole. It also got me thinking about the direction America is headed, just based on previous legislation that has been passed. I think America on the whole is not going in the direction we want it to go in. I feel like, in regards to crime, people are trying their darndest to prevent people from ever being able to commit crime.

I think this gets at a serious problem in America. Like my friend said it’s about crime control not gun control. Crime, for the most part, is not simply an evil act. There are obviously motives and reasons crimes are committed. Rather than looking at why crime is being committed and trying to create citizens that are less likely to commit crimes, we pass legislation that eliminates the possibility of crime. People kill others with guns? Get rid of guns. People steal? Put cameras up everywhere. We sacrifice a lot of civil liberties, because of faceless, intangible danger. 

We even got rid of freedom of speech in some situations. I can’t tell a joke that involves a bomb or anything remotely violent on a plane lest I be crucified and put on a no fly list. In my opinion, the sign that you live in a dystopian society is that crime cannot be committed. You physically can’t commit crime. 1984, Brave New World, North Korea all have incredibly low crime rates, yet the societies are the worst we’ve seen or imagined. The sign of a utopian society is that the crime rate is low or non-existent, because the populace CHOOSES not to commit crime. That choice is something we legislate against in America. We should never legislate against choice. We should legislate to influence that choice. People should choose not to commit crime. We should not force them into not committing crime. 

Legislating against choice is what has lead to some of the most ignorant stories I’v seen. 5 year olds suspended for kissing another 5 year old the cheek because they both liked each other. Kids getting suspended for bringing scissors into school. Kids getting suspended for pretending they are using a gun. On and on it goes. And you think why don’t people use common sense anymore and make a good decision. Well, maybe its because we’re taking away the right to a decision. Can’t touch anyone or its a crime. Isn’t it far better to educate people on treating others with respect and to think about the consequences of your actions? Instead we just ban tag at recess because someone could get hurt. 

You can’t prevent crime from happening, entirely without destroying your society. You can’t prevent people from getting hurt or dying. You simply have to live life and try to enjoy it the most you can. You have to teach others by setting an example and helping other people out. I think a lot of people out there clearly haven’t seen Finding Nemo or if they have they totally missed the message. We have to let people live and make choices and hope they’re the right ones, otherwise society might end up trying to touch a “butt” and get kidnapped by an Australian dentist. 



One thought on “The Bubblewrapping of America and Other Thoughts on Crime/Society

  1. rachel says:

    Jeff, the few posts on your blog that I’ve happened to see usually just irritate me, make me role my eyes, or remember how humorously offensive you are. I genuinely appreciate this one. A bit sappy at the end but I’ll just go watch finding Nemo and feel better.

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