How Long Do You Have to Wait for That ‘Dangerous Stranger’ to Come Along?

The answer: 750,000 years.  

Years.

How much hard fact and scientific evidence does it take to overcome fear? If you actually wanted your child to be abducted by a stranger, how long would you have to leave him or her outside, unattended?

“Seven hundred and fifty thousand years,” answers Lenore Skenazy, mother of two and founder of Free-Range Kids.

Here’s a short piece on Lenore from the New Yorker.

Think of the consequences of paying attention to facts and evidence: There would be no need for scamming predatory websites like Kids Live Safe or Homefacts. The for-profit prison industry might suffer a downturn in the bottom line.

Who does not want you to know facts like those quoted by Skenazy? Well, to name a few:

— the manufacturers of software that is sold to probation offices to monitor the online behavior of Registered Citizens;

— makers of ankle-bracelet monitors;

— producers of local TV news (just listen to the promotions about “keeping your family safe” and “storm teams” and such . . . they need you to be afraid).

The list could go on and on. Suffice it to say that we’re surrounded by some powerful interests who profit from our fears — and they do not want us to have ability to distinguish between legitimate and imagined fears.

Published by nufearless

Nebraskans Unafraid is committed to making our communities safer by ensuring that lawmakers and policymakers do not support laws that cause homelessness, joblessness and damage to families.

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