"Being alive is hazardous. Dangerous, even life-threatening, situations are all around." Thus begins KUOW's Weekday of Wednesday, July 9, 2008.
This show was totally a call-in, where listeners told of their most dangerous encounters. A mixture of natural disasters, war, thrills gone awry, and yes assault and self-defense. An excellent show -- listen by going to the KUOW website here.
Dangerous times all around, right? Not so fast -- Manuel Eisner, in an article published in The British Journal of Criminology (vol 41, pp 618-38, 2001), cites documentation that over the eons homicide has drastically declined in frequency. Indeed, that murder is far less common than it used to be is now considered a given by crime historians. Which may be why fewer incidents make more news, and agitate the general public more. But that's for another blog entry . . .