United States has a high crime rate.

Essay by MandeeLouCollege, UndergraduateA-, October 2003

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I find myself in amazement, while watching the news, at all the violent crimes being committed in my own town. I feel that parents, drug abuse, and violence on television are the main reasons for the high crime rate in the United States.

One of the main reasons the United States has such a high crime rate is because of parents. I feel that parents are not taking the responsibilities they were given when they had a child. Most parents work too much even though they do not need to. They are too obsessed with material possessions. Some might even say they work so much so that their children can have a better life, but what they should understand is that children need their parents more than any materialistic things. I understand that it is necessary for parents to work, but the children should come first. The child needs parents to teach him or her right from wrong, to teach them morals and to let him or her know that he or she is loved.

I also feel that when parents divorce, it puts a great deal of stress on the children and causes behavior problems. If parents were more interested in their children's lives then they would know what they were doing and it would not be as easy for them to get into trouble. Teenagers really need to have good parents to keep them in line, because unruly teenagers can turn into criminals. Although, I feel that this makes a big contribution to crime rate, it is not the only cause.

I believe that drug abuse is another reason the United States has a high crime rate. When people are taking drugs they do not think well and it causes them to do things they would...