This is a pretty good summary of goings-on in some of our major cities. Excerpt:
Since June, shootings and murders have surged across many of the country’s major cities. Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and New Orleans have all seen murders jump over 20 percent this year. The violence is heavily concentrated in the last few months, ever since protests have led to nationwide pressure on politicians to “defund” and “reimagine” policing.
Just as concerning is that these stats do not include data from the end of June and July. Data from New York and Chicago, recent data from which we do have, tells that the last few weeks have seen by far the worst of the violence. Murders and shootings in the Windy City are up about 80 percent, and New York has averaged at a 209 percent over these last weeks compared to the same times last year. It’s likely these disturbing numbers for the cities above only captures a fragment of the lives lost during unrest in which many protesters chant “Black Lives Matter.”
It’s also worth noting that Atlanta appeared to lack this crime spike just a few weeks ago, according to the statistics released above. If it serves as a bellwether, then the cities that already had a surge at the time of recording are in deep water. The scale will likely become apparent over the next few weeks.
Every one of the cities above has both a Democrat mayor and Democrat-controlled city council.
The surge also raises questions about the role of existing reforms in causing the violence. Of the eight cities with the worst surges listed above, Minneapolis‘s leadership has pledged to abolish the city’s police department, while Philadelphia and New York have already cut money from law enforcement under pressure from activists. All have voiced criticism of police departments. While police chiefs in both Chicago and New York have begged city leaders to grant them greater latitude to deal with the surge, city leaders have instead taken the politically expedient route of keeping policing limited.
Combined with a public willing to attack officers making arrests, it’ll surprise few to learn that record numbers of police are abandoning their line of work, straining cut resources even further. Having more officers on the street is widely recognized to reduce crime of all stripes, and the inverse is true as well. With blue cities’ law enforcement spread thin, restrained, and lambasted by soundbite attacks, it will be difficult for politicians to dispute the link between their policies and results on the streets.
Now, here’s the onion:
No major Democrat politician has yet come forward to address the connection.
Of course not. That would mean admitting that decades of Democrat government has resulted in cities out of control, the rise of the toxic urban “thug” culture, turf wars over drug territory and innocent cities caught in the crossfire. Correlation may not equal causation, but in this case, there’s a hell of a lot of correlation. When conducting cause analysis, something I’ve spent a lot of time teaching folks to do, one of the things you do is look for trends. This is a trend.
What’s baffling is how these same pols keep up their autistic screeching about poverty, or guns, or other irrelevancies, ignoring that small-town and rural denizens with similar income levels and many more guns don’t exhibit the same violent tendencies.
What’s baffling is how black lives only matter when they are taken by white cops.
What’s baffling is how our major cities are continuing their descent into violence and chaos while the pols in charge continue the same damn circle-jerk.