Let me offer some insight to those of you who have not lived in St. Louis.
St. Louis is a great city, we have the Cardinals, the Blues, and the Rams, we have a world famous zoo which is absolutely free, along with the Science Center which is free, and Grants Farm which the Anheuser-Busch family owns and keeps prices way down and does a lot of preservation work for animals. The Gateway Arch is an incredible landmark which graces the bank of the Mississippi river.
I spent 16 years of my life there, all of my informative years were spent in Florissant, a place about 10 minutes north of the heart of downtown St. Louis. When we first moved there in 1989 it was peaceful, and filled with people who genuinely cared. People were religious, mostly Catholic, and the education system was even something that was sought after. I went to a private Catholic gradeschool, and subsequently a private Catholic high school. The gradeschool was chosen not because of the public school system, because at the time it was rather good, but because my family wanted me to have a moral God-fearing upbringing, although I no longer see myself as a religious person, the values instilled in me from that schooling haven't faded in the least. I went to the private high school because my father, four uncles, and grandfather went there. By that time in 2000 the public school system in Florissant was in utter shambles. Metal detectors had been installed, there were daily fights in the high schools, and the dropout rate was somewhere around 30%. When education fails, so does society.
By the time I left in 2005 one of my neighbors was knifed to death in his driveway over a matter of $20. At night you simply could NOT go outside alone without some form of protection, even with dogs. There were 16 and 17 year old little homies driving around holding people up at gunpoint and then beating the **** out of them. Several of my neighbors houses had been broken into or attempted, there was a rash of bike thefts in my neighborhood by the pre-teen thugletts, police response time was terrible. One night at work a small gang of kids about 17 years old showed up and started causing trouble, one of them was about to smash the tail-lights of my Mustang with a baseball bat, so I called the cops and luckily a cruiser was around the block. I will never move back to that city despite all it has.
That city is the reason I have no sympathy or mercy for little gangbangers, they are not people to me, not even close. They are scum and I wouldn't mind seeing them publicly executed in the streets for my own entertainment.
If the Founding Fathers were alive today, they'd probably rather be dead.