The Law: Street Crime: Who's Winning?

We have launched an all-out offensive against the forces of crime, against the forces of drugs, and we are beginning to win.

—Richard M. Nixon

TO the nearly 1,000,000 Americans who have been physically attacked this year, President Nixon's statement in Atlanta last week must have sounded strange, even as election-year hyperbole. Any victim of criminal violence was more likely to be moved by the question Senator George McGovern posed to a campaign crowd in New York. "I want to ask you," said the Democratic candidate, "do you feel safer after four years of...

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