Morgan Quitno (CQ Press) has just released its newest index of the most and least dangerous cities in the country. Thank God no local cities were absolute bottom of the barrel, but acording to this list compiled from FBI statistics, there are several cities around here in which friends of mine need to watch out for themselves. Out of 378 cities, all of the following were in the top quartile of most dangerous cities in the nation.
Jackson MS - ranked 356 (and that's much worse than last year)
Baton Rouge, LA - ranked 351 (only marginally safer than Jackson)
Houston, TX - ranked 335
Dallas, TX - ranked 345
Orlando FL - ranked 368
Oklahoma City - ranked 304
Lafayette, LA - ranked 289
New Orleans - ranked 314 (much safer than Jackson)
and the 6th most dangerous city in the nation...
Birmingham, AL - ranked 373 (but we already knew that)
Considering that we already knew that Jackson is a perilous place, if you live anywhere around Mokuren Dojo (Southwest Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana), it might behoove you to get some training in a proven, reliable self-protection system like our aikido. Remember, when it comes to self-defense - a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing!
If you are interested in self-defense in Southwest Mississippi or thereabouts, please don't hesitate to drop me a note at my email You can find the address in my profile at the bottom of this page.
UPDATE: Oops! In my rush to get this important info out to y'all I got some of my numbers wrong. I've got them fixed now, and the newly corrected numbers didn't change any of my conclusions. If you want to see my source, check out this listing.