As previously explained, weasels are not only annoying and sometimes dangerous, but they are also incredibly expensive! In fact, we all pay essentially what amounts to a Weasel tax—and this tax is probably a lot more than most of us imagine, plus it’s increasing every year. In the past I talked about the impact of petty crimes, such as vandalism on society. Now let’s take a look at the impact of more serious crimes.
Moving way up the scale of seriousness is gun violence. The cost of gun violence in the country runs more than $100 billion a year, and much of it is paid by taxpayers. In fact, each gang murder ends up costing taxpayers more than a million dollars, once all the costs for enforcement and trials are tabulated; when you add in the cost of incarcerating the murderer, that number goes to $1.75 million per gang murder. In Southern California alone, there were more than 3,100 gang murders in the last five years. Over the last fourteen years, Southern California spent $271 million treating gunshot wounds—96 percent of which was paid for with public funds.
And when we do catch these criminals, housing them is the next huge expense. The budget just for the Federal Prison System in 2006 is estimated at $4.8 billion.