The purpose is NOT to prevent crime, but to allow a fascist tyrannical government to do as it pleases, when it pleases, without fear of resistance from the people.
That means you can be arrested without a warrant, held indefinitely, tortured, raped, and killed by presidential order without any accountability on the part of government.
So comparing crime rates is interesting but the government could care less about crime rates. It is all about power and control over the people.
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