Armed response to inequality

Escalating repression in the poorest and neediest areas of our country is no solution to crime and the many social problems that give rise to crime (NZ Herald, October 18).
The increased violent crime and all the other social problems are due to the spread of income, the widening gap between rich and poor. In countries such as New Zealand and the US (which have high income inequality) problems of violence, rates of imprisonment, abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs, high health needs and educational disparity are growing as this disparity grows. In

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