ATLANTA, GA – Residents of Atlanta have been speaking out, and “they are over” the huge rise in crime they’ve seen lately. Not “over” as in getting past it or forgetting it, but “over” as in sick and tired of dealing with it.
They are now calling on the Atlanta Police Department to do something.
During a recent online meeting, Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Major Andrew Senser explained that stolen guns and repeat offenders are the bad combination causing Atlanta’s crime spike:
“A lot of these guys are repeat offenders. We work real close with our community prosecutors and try to keep these guys locked up because a lot of them have many arrests for the same violent crimes.”
Major Senser pointed out the positive note of a decline in robberies over the summer, but explained that the department is trying to fill more than 300 officer positions that have been lost to normal attrition and retirements.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms addressed the crime issues in a recent Fox News interview.
Mayor Lance-Bottoms commented earlier about the rise in crime plaguing Atlanta:
“I think it’s just this perfect storm of distress in America.
“I think that the people are obviously anxious, and even angry about Covid-19. Loved ones are dying. People are losing their jobs. I think there’s a lot of frustration, a lot of angst.”
Lance-Bottoms didn’t miss the chance to throw police under the bus, blaming the issues on Atlanta police instead of unemployed criminals doing what unemployed criminals do.
“It doesn’t give people much hope and I think that it’s all converging together and we’re seeing it happen and spill out onto the streets in Atlanta and we’re seeing it across the country and then you add, on top of that, the cases that we’ve all witnessed of police brutality and it has all come together in a violent way.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) also commented on the surge in crime:
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”
Atlanta police report that they’ve seen a drastic uptick in major crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults, larcenies from automobiles, other larcenies and automobile thefts.
In reference to murders, statistics up to September 5, 2020 show that there had been 96 murders in Atlanta this year to that point. This figure was 67 during the same period in 2019. That 96 number increased to 116 in just the month of October alone, which is 17 homicides ahead of last year’s number at the same time.
Philadelphia, Detroit, and Atlanta are effectively the deciding factors in this election. Do we collectively trust three of the most mismanaged, crime ridden, and corrupt cities in America to get this right? This just feels wrong. This feels so wrong.
— Jeff Zicker (@jeff_zicker) November 5, 2020
In one recent case that hits a family close to home, a young 11-year-old boy was murdered this past week.
The young boy, Tyrell Sims, was killed during a drive-by shooting in Atlanta’s East Point community on the Southwest side of the city.
The boy’s mother talked with Atlanta’s Channel 11 news:
“I didn’t want to bury my baby, period.”
12-year-old Brayan Zavala was also killed during a drive-by shooting while out in his front yard in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta.
Brayan’s older brother spoke out:
“I’m trying to be as tough as I can be. It’s my brother. I just want my family to be strong.”
You may recall the unfortunate death of eight-year-old Secoreia Turner. Her mother spoke to Channel 11 News:
“My baby didn’t mean no harm. Somebody knows something.”
Young Secoreia was shot near the Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was shot while fighting with police. Her family had driven their car near a blockade of protesters and shots were fired at their car. The shooter was apprehended and charged, but of course, that doesn’t bring the little girl back.
Keith Strickland, Atlanta community activist and organizer described it as an epidemic that he constantly sees in the metro Atlanta community:
“I knocked on doors and I talked to so many parents. So many brothers and sisters. So many people that had lost siblings. And the common thing I saw was that pain they felt left a hole.”
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Here’s a recent editorial from one of our staff writers concerning who is truly responsible for crime in their neighborhoods –
Who do we blame for recent shooting deaths against children? How about the neighborhoods? (op-ed)
August 11, 2020
Janari Ricks. Nine years old, from Chicago.
Caleb Reed. Seventeen years old, from Chicago. Youth activist.
Secoreia Turner. Eight years old. Killed by gunfire when her mother drove near the Wendy’s in Atlanta where Rayshard Brooks was killed after fighting with police.
Marcus Moore. Seventeen years old, St Louis. Riding in his friend’s car.
Amaria Jones. Thirteen years old, Brooklyn. Died when a bullet pierced her home’s front window while she was showing her mom dance moves she learned on TikTok. Two boys, ages 15 and 16 were also shot at the same time but survived.
Unnamed three-year-old, eight-year-old, and 12-year-old shot in Durham, NC.
Zamar Jones. Seven years old, Philadelphia. Playing with a car on his front porch, shot in the head.
And Davell Gardner. ONE year old, sitting in his stroller at a family BBQ in Brooklyn. The round struck him square in the chest and he died instantly.
Do you know what all these children have in common?
They were all killed or injured within the past month.
They weren’t shot by police.
They weren’t shot by someone from the suburbs or a rural area.
They weren’t shot by NRA members or members of a militia.
They were all shot by people in their own neighborhoods. People who knew them and their families, most likely.
I am a father of four. I am a grandfather of six. I mentored children during the time when my oldest son was in cancer treatment and made lots of friendships that have lasted until this day. I can only imagine how devastating it would be to lose one of my children or grandchildren to a senseless act of violence over drugs or territory.
It would be even more devastating to me if I chose to do nothing about it and accepted it as a way of life. I can’t do that.
I want to go back to the days where the neighbor lady or the neighbor man would snatch you up by your arm and take you to your house and tell your parents what they saw you do. All it takes is a simple change of mentality from “I don’t want to get involved,” to “this is my neighborhood and I want to keep it nice and make it better.”
Before I delve into this somewhat-organized rant of mine, I want you to know that I fully understand that nothing happens by magic or works instantly. There’s no magic wand or words we can say and immediately change things in our towns and cities.
Let me lay out how I think it could work, though. Time for a little tough love if you’re in one of those neighborhoods swallowed in gun violence, and if you can handle it.
Take responsibility. Personal responsibility. Know where your kids are, who they’re with, what they’re doing, and when they’ll be home. Be that mom or dad who shows up and makes them get into the car and go home. That’s one of those humiliating lessons that embarrasses them in front of their friends and teaches them a valuable lesson – be home when mom or dad said to be home.
Take responsibility for your neighborhood and your town. Your child’s school district. Get involved in neighborhood watch. Start a program if one doesn’t exist. Talk to your kid’s teachers and principals. Ask how you can help. Mostly, don’t expect to hide away in your house and expect someone else to raise your kids and fix problems when they happen.
Take responsibility for the people you and your town, county, and state elects into office. We’ve seen an amazing difference in cities run by Democrats for years with their weak policies of no individual responsibility and increased government dependence – cities like Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, the five boroughs of New York – we’re seeing it all play out on the news and it’s downright ugly. It’s total anarchy. And it’s all because of weak politicians who pander to voters and give them their government dependence and don’t hold anyone accountable for their actions.
Although the two cities are different in size, let’s look at the comparison between Portland, Oregon and Weatherford, Texas.
Antifa has laid claim to most of downtown Portland, the mayor and police chief are not only weak, but helpless to correct the anarchy and damage, and people are beheading pigs and burning bibles – and I guarantee Portland has now lost huge opportunities for business growth, which directly impacts and annihilates the city, county, and state tax revenue bases.
If you owned several franchises of a business, be it fast food, dry cleaners, oil change places, or gyms, would you consider putting a couple of stores in Portland and the surrounding area? You’d be better served to pile a bunch of cash on your living room floor and set it on fire and roast marshmallows with it.
Now, In Weatherford, Texas last week, people got word that Antifa was coming out of the Dallas/Ft Worth area and began arriving by the busload. They were met with over 500 armed local citizens who formed a cordon around the town square, and those citizens were backed up by city, county, and state law enforcement officers.
The Antifa people milled around outside the buses for a little while, and then remounted their rides and headed back to DFW. That, my friends, is the difference in good versus poor community involvement, law enforcement strength, and local political support.
Back to your responsibility. We have a “problem” that truly doesn’t exist. The catchphrases are “systemic racism” and that young black men are being “hunted” by law enforcement.
Each concept supports the other – systemic racism must exist since black men are regularly “hunted” by the police. The problem with that scenario is that it simply isn’t true – but activists, social justice warriors, “influencers,” and the media have painted a continual scenario where it must exist since they’ve repeated the story so many times and have driven it all into the minds of the ignorant and gullible.
They’ve created, through packaged effort, a class of eternal victims that will never succeed because of this fictitious oppression that doesn’t exist – and having a victim mentality creates a sense of entitlement. That entitlement brings about rioting, looting, stealing, setting things on fire, and of course, beating up and robbing old people.
I find it sickening that these groups and individuals attack 77-year-old men instead of a 33-year-old construction worker – even with this sense of entitlement, they’re still incredibly weak cowards.
Facts also don’t matter when you’ve been spoon-fed and force-fed lies – this notion of systemic racism, oppression, and the “hunting” of black people? The fact is that in 2019, there were only a handful of unjustified shootings of black men by police, a minute percentage when considering the millions of police contact events in a year.
The conflation is totally without merit.
People claim to be “woke,” but they’re still amazingly ignorant. If they wanted to wake up, they could disconnect their “feeding tube” that is the leftist media and paid social media influencers and read stories for themselves. Or talk to someone of a different race, ethnicity, vocation, or location. I think they might be amazed at just how brainwashed they’ve been, and what the truth really is.
If you think most of this isn’t politically motivated with the end game being our next election, let me ask you this. This “systemic racism” we keep hearing about. It has allegedly gone on for decades.
So, then, why didn’t we hear about it during President Obama’s two terms? Heck, it’s being referred to now as a “human health crisis.” Really? If it existed then, we didn’t he fix it?
Fact is, he made things much worse than they were. And Joe Biden played a large part in that.
Obama openly called out and disrespected the police, and many of his followers followed his example. Also, Biden authored and pushed the act in 1994 that streamlined the punishment process for minor drug convictions, hammering the black community with long prison terms after a guy or girl was caught with a bag of weed.
They would have gotten a citation previously, now they were doing five years in jail. Obama had the chance to reverse that concept through executive order, but he didn’t. And Clinton? It was written and mandated on his watch. And you think these two are the saviors of the black community?
President Trump has undone the damage from this 1994 act, making sweeping changes in the criminal justice system and initiating the First Step Act that pulled hundreds of black people out of prison when they were incarcerated for minor drug offenses.
Trump also signed two other substantial orders – one that gave billions to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and one that supports minority-owned small businesses. Obama could have done both of those things with Joe Biden by his side – but didn’t.
Back to my original point. All those children weren’t killed or injured by cops or suburbanites.
They were killed by people in YOUR neighborhood, and they were killed because you quit caring – you quit being involved – you let some 120 lb. punk intimidate you – you allowed your own neighborhood to turn into a war zone, and instead of taking responsibility, you blamed the police, politicians, the government, and every other element except the people who live there – YOU.
I’m not suggesting you go all “wild west” on people and gun down drug dealers in the streets. I do suggest that you give them notice that they aren’t welcome there anymore, and you’ll do whatever it takes to protect your family and your block.
That is, unless you want to continue to play the victim of your own deeds and blaming others for your failures.
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