Data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that the violent crime rate in the U.S. is up for the second year in a row. Most of the increase is occurring in Democratic-run metropolises like Baltimore, Detroit and Chicago.
The New York Times reports:
Violent crimes increased nationally last year by 4.1 percent and homicides rose by 8.6 percent, one year after violence increased by 3.9 percent and homicides jumped by 10.8 percent. A total of 17,250 people were murdered in 2016, the F.B.I. said.
The murder rate is still better than it was in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but the FBI data showed the last time violent crime increased in consecutive years was in 2005 and 2006.
Attorney General Jess Sessions has asked for an increased police presence to deal with the crime surge and has recommended tougher penalties for those convicted. The Trump administration is hoping to undo the effects the Obama years had in relaxing the criminal justice system.
The NY Times describes where the upticks stem from:
Among the reasons cited for the increase are a profusion of handguns, poverty and social isolation, warring gangs involved in the drug trade, and police officers who are questioning fewer people and making fewer arrests for fear of being criticized by superiors and civil rights groups.
What the report ignores is that gun ownership leads to a decrease in crimes. But in these Democrat cities where its harder for citizens to be armed, criminals run amok with little to no threat of staring down the barrel of a gun.
Chicago has shattered many previous records with 765 murders last year, which was over twice as many in New York City which is more densely populated, as the report notes. But crimes in St. Louis, New Orleans, and Baltimore have all risen. Violent crime is also up in Las Vegas, which is run by an independent mayor who used to be affiliated with the Democratic Party.
“This is ominous,” said New Yew York University criminologist Mark Kleiman. “What you worry about is that the trend is broken, and the numbers are going to go back up. A 20 percent increase in homicides over the past two years is not trivial. We’ve got what looks like a serious problem here.”
Here are a few charts (not from the FBI study) which show some of the cities where the murder rate has risen sharply:
Using U.S. cities with a population over 100,000 and the most recent FBI statistics on violent crime, USA Today formulated a list of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. Of these ten, eight are currently run by Democratic mayors and city councils, and two are controlled by Independents. Of the past ten mayors of each of the three most violent cities in America — Birmingham, Detroit, and St. Louis — eight have been Democrats. All told, the three most violent cities in this country have been under nearly uninterrupted Democratic control for more than half a century. With violent crime rates exceeding 1,400 incidents per 100,000 citizens in each of these cities, perhaps a change of pace is in store. Admittedly, it is difficult to identify a significant correlation using only one criteria. However, an analysis of poverty and unemployment indicates a similarly distressing pattern.
Referencing data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, CBS News composed a list of the top ten most impoverished cities in the United States. The ubiquity of Democratic governance is heightened in this context, as nine out of the ten poorest cities are run by Democrats. Combining the past ten mayors of the three poorest cities — Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Detroit — there are twenty-three Democrats, three Socialists, two Independents, and two Republicans. In essence, the three most impoverished cities in America have seen more governance in the past 50 years by Socialists than by Republicans, and the ratio of Democratic governance to Republican governance is about 12:1. And yet, Republicans are maligned as being unsympathetic to the poor, with 55 percent of Democrats claiming to be “afraid” of Republicans, and 35 percent viewing Republicans as “immoral,” according to the Pew Research Center. Unfortunately, the trend does not stop here.
Of the ten major U.S. cities with the highest levels of unemployment, nine are run by Democrats. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies Detroit, Fresno, and Las Vegas as the cities with the most unemployment, listing Detroit as number one with an unemployment rate of 24.8 percent. At this point, it is important to note that Detroit is listed in the top three for prevalence of violent crime, level of poverty, and rate of unemployment. It is also worth noting that Detroit’s last Republican mayor was Louis Miriani in 1957.
Conversely, when looking at the major U.S. cities with the lowest rates of unemployment, there is a Republican plurality, with five Republicans, four Democrats, and one Independent in office. While this may seem like a slim margin, this is five times as many Republicans as were present in the cities with the highest rate of unemployment, twice as many as were in the cities with the highest prevalence of poverty, and 100 percent more than in the nation’s most violent cities. Additionally, it is double the number of Republican mayors that should statistically be present, considering that only 27 of the nation’s 100 largest cities are run by Republicans.
While actions tend to speak louder than words, in this case, it is the inaction of the Democratic party that strikes the loudest tone. Democratic ideologues valiantly tout their dedication to eradicating poverty and inequality, themes that are noticeably absent from the typical Republican playbook. And yet, these words, according to the status of our nation’s most desperate cities, appear to be without substance.
For fifty years, the Democratic Party has monolithically presided over the economic and social decline of once thriving cities, yet nonetheless claims to care more about the most economically and socially disenfranchised members of American society. Whether this failure is a result of ineffective policies or a genuine disinterest in making progress remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that many have happily drunk the Democratic Kool-Aid without taking a second to see if we are being deceived by those filling the glasses.
Republicans are characterized as being unsympathetic, cold, and unrealistically pragmatic. In light of the aforementioned statistics, perhaps a dose of pragmatism is the perfect antidote to the unfounded urban saviorism complex of the Democratic Party.
Considering the sad reality that African Americans are more likely to suffer through poverty, are more likely to be victims of violent crime, and are more likely to be unemployed, a new approach to urban governance is imperative if a more egalitarian future is to be achieved. Unless there is a drastic overhaul of current policies, the Democrats will not be the ones responsible for realizing this future. As the Congressional Black Caucus acknowledged, continued inertia simply won’t suffice. There is too much to lose.
Nationwide, while Democrats currently hold fewer seats than they have at any time since Republicans took away all their slaves after the Civil War, where they do remain in power, the murder rate is on the rise. According to a new report, across the country, the murder rate rose 8% over last year, but this is primarily due to a handful of cities — Chicago, Baltimore, and Houston. And all three of those cities have been run exclusively by Democrats for decades.
In 2015 and 2016, several cities — especially Chicago — saw their murder rates increase significantly. The distorting effect of this concentrated increase is illustrated in Figure 6, which breaks down the total increase in murders between 2014 and 2016 by city. As shown below, Baltimore, Chicago and Houston together account for around half of the increase in murder in major cities between 2014 and 2016.
Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in 86 years. The Windy City’s current mayor is President Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Last year was the deadliest year to live in Chicago since 1996. Murders jumped 58% over the previous year to 762. Overall, there were 4,331 shooting victims.
Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.
Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor in 50 years. According to The Baltimore Sun, 2016 was the second-deadliest year on record in that city. The single deadliest year was 2015, the year of the riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray and CNN’s horrific coverage of that event, which undoubtedly (and intentionally) whipped up all that violence.
Baltimore has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.
Houston has not had a Republican mayor in 36 years. According to local news reports, 302 people were killed last year, a five-year high — 50 percent higher than 2011.
Like the rest of Texas, gun control laws are reasonable in Houston.
All three of these failing Democrat-run cities are also run by politicians who appear to be more interested in sticking their nose into national politics and left-wing fads, as opposed to doing the mayoral work of filling potholes and decreasing the murder rate.
Chicago Mayor Emanuel has been fighting President Trump over the issue of immigration and sanctuary cities. Chicago itself is a sanctuary city.
To catastrophic results for that city’s residents, Baltimore, which is also a sanctuary city, jumped all over the media’s and President Obama’s ginned up anti-police crusade. There were not only the riots but malicious and politically-driven prosecutions of police officers.
In 2015, the same year the murder rate began to climb, then-Mayor Annise Parker was intently focused on Proposition 1, an ordinance that would allow mentally ill men (transgenders) to use the same bathroom as your daughter. It went down in a flame of fail, 61% – 39%.
How bad do things have to get before the residents of these cities wake up to the fact that Democrats are utterly incapable of managing anything?
Actually, who cares?
It makes no difference to me. I don’t live there. Therefore, it is not my problem. It is even not America’s problem. It is the solely-owned problem of Democrat politicians and the morons who keep voting for failure.
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