what has changed?....understanding that the number of these kinds of crimes is actually on the decrease as is violent crime over all.
When I was growing up, most got their news from the local evening news at 6pm and the national news at 6:30. (Remember Walter Cronkite) If you missed the news at those times, you missed the news that day. The paper might have had a shooting from some unknown place across the country on page A13. You would glance at the headline, and perhaps not even read it as it was from some place you never heard of.
Today, you have news 24/7. Everything is sensationalized. everything is connected to politics in some manner. We live our lives on the edge of news saturation, electronic overload, and have no time for the simpler things in life that years ago kept you from reliving bad news for weeks on end.
News is not news anymore. It is a control mechanism. It is political. It is something that most would be better off skipping for week or two. It is almost refreshing to not turn on the news for a week and just focus on family and other things. But what we do today, is hear or see something on the news, and run to a bee forum to discuss it till most could puke.
The killings did not change. The child rape rate did not change. People are still people. but now when some little known priest is accused of something, and to which years ago was a local news event, today is is national headlines.
Then we tailor statistics to make whatever case we want. Yes Australia has about a 1 in 1000 murder rate. we have about a 4 in 1000 murder rate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate
But subtract certain cites like Chicago which will have over 500 murders this year, most from folks with non-assault weapons being used, and our murder rate would be very much closer to some of the other countries being paraded out as being "safe" with all their gun laws or bans. Over 230 people in Australia are still murdered every year. We at least have that many in most of our largest cites such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit and even washington D.C. And almost none of these murders are with assault weapons. Of course I don't think Australia has vast tracts of wasteland that we call cities where gangs, drugs, and lawlessness run wild.
Murder is now news 24/7, it is political, and there is an agenda driving this never seen before. the murders did not change. Just how it is reported, used, and manipulated.