Maybe they’re just more noticeable then, ‘cause I agree with Pietro.
Damn straight they’re more noticeable.
50 years ago there were fewer Americans, by definition fewer wierdo Americans.
50 years ago a wierdo was local or state news. Today he is national news on the 24 hour news cycle, desperate for something to talk about.
There is a definite perception that there are more wierdos preying on kids than there used to be. As stated, I have seen no actual evidence that the perception reflects reality.