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USA- It is common for gun control zealots to bloviate about how the United States is such a violent country, and others such as Canada’s dictator in chief Justin Trudeau using the crime rate in the United States as justification to seize firearms from his citizenry.
And yes, the United States is ranked third when it comes to our murder rate.
Now, want to know a dirty little secret? If you remove the following cities—Chicago, Detroit, Washington, DC, St. Louis and New Orleans—from the equation, the land of the free and home of the brave slips all the way down to 189 out of 193.
So what gives? Democrats want to take guns away from an overwhelming majority of law-abiding, God-fearing citizens because five Democrat-run cities can’t control their population?
Heck, New York City and Philadelphia aren’t even included on that list. Add them in and we’re probably swimming with the fishes.
So what gives? Well in at least three of them, there are George Soros-funded soft-on-crime DAs there. All one has to do is watch the news or look online and the evidence is there for all to see.
For example in New York City, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg continues to let violent criminals out on the streets, many out before the ink on the arrest report is dry. Then the offender often is caught again committing a violent crime, only for the cycle to repeat itself—wash, rinse, repeat.
In Chicago, DA Kim Foxx, when she’s not busy slapping her husband around, has a virtual revolving-door policy when it comes to even the most violent criminals in the city. The result has been out-of-control violent crime and murder rates which again threaten the record books.
So what is the common denominator? They’re all run by Democrats. It matters not how much money is directed to feel good programs, or improving schools, or criminal justice reform. The results are the same.
The elephant in the room in many of these communities is the fact there is no male influence in the family, so the young boys and men get their influence from gang-banging thugs, who for some of them is the only “family” they have. But you cannot talk about that, the whole “male-dominant society” thing and all.
For the most part, crime has been relegated to the big cities and overall that is still the case, although there has been a bit of “crime creep” out into the suburbs. However the crime rates in those suburbs when compared to their big city neighbors is statistically near zero.
According to the Global Peace Index, indeed the United States currently ranks 128th as far as being the safest country in the world. Murder is obviously a huge factor in those statistics.
The big cities in the U.S. and clearly most of the major cities are run by Democrats, who are quick to ask for government help but very slow to put that help to good use. Despite years and years of complaining that nothing is being done, with literally trillions of dollars infused to help mitigate those problems, we are literally spinning our wheels.
Much is made by leftists about “right-wing” groups using social media to organize, but have you looked on Twitter lately? Terrorist gangs such as Antifa routinely use the app to organize their “terrorize and run” umbrella attacks on people with whom they disagree.
Yet the only censorship we hear about from social media companies is “far-right extremist” groups such as the Proud Boys. Yet, Antifa and Black Lives Matter are free to use any platform they wish to perpetrate their violence.
The other issue is left-leaning media excuses violence coming from radical leftists. We still remember back to the summer of 2020, with a reporter from we believe ABC News talking about “peaceful protests” as buildings burned behind him. This scene was repeated numerous times. We were told not to believe what we were actually watching.
When a mass casualty event happens, the media will typically fly off the handle and in the case of, for example, a shooting, immediately speculate it had to be a “right-wing extremist.”
If it turns out that once again, they got it wrong, they engage in a version of radio silence. If in fact the event is carried out by someone from a favored demographic, such as the terrorist attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin last year, the media turns deaf, dumb and blind.
There are a number of factors of course playing into the increased crime, and soft-on-criminal DAs are only part of the problem. More recently, the current economic situation, with skyrocketing prices on everything from gasoline to food and consumables have led to desperation.
The current economic malaise perpetrated by terrible decisions from the Biden administration and most recently Congress with their bizarrely named “Inflation Reduction Act” is only leading to the crime increase.
Adding in the current recession into the economic disruption caused by the Wuhan virus and it isn’t a wonder we’re at the place where we are. And what has followed is exploding crime and exploding murder rates. Here is an example, all Democrat-run cities, with murders per 100,000 residents:
- Louis, MO- 69.4
- Baltimore, MD- 51.1
- New Orleans, LA- 40.6
- Detroit, MI- 39.7
- Cleveland, OH- 33.7
- Las Vegas, NV- 31.4
- Kansas City, MO- 31.2
- Memphis, TN- 27.1
- Newark, NJ- 25.6
- Chicago, IL- 24.0
- Cincinnati, OH- 23.8
- Philadelphia, PA- 20.2
- Milwaukee, WI- 20.0
- Tulsa, OK- 18.6
- Pittsburgh, PA- 18.4
- Indianapolis, IN- 17.7
- Louisville, KY- 17.5
- Oakland, CA- 17.1
- Washington, DC- 17.0
- Atlanta, GA- 16.7
So while Democrats and far-left gun-grabbers claim the United States is one of the most violent countries in the world, it’s all a matter of perspective. Remove the Democrat-run hell holes from the list, even just the five biggest and the rate is almost infinitesimal.
What’s the saying? There are statistics and damn statistics.
Below is a piece we published back in 2020 about surging crime rates. It has only gotten worse since then.
As Law Enforcement Today has reported over the last several months, crime in Democrat-controlled cities has skyrocketed out of control. From New York where shootings rose 112% and homicides increased to 95%, to Chicago where more than 4,000 people were shot this year alone, these Democrat-run cities are dangerous to say the least.
Other major Democrat-controlled cities including Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Kansas City, Milwaukee have seen their murder rates soar in 2020.
A chart released by the Chicago Tribune shows that there were 768 people killed in Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago from January 1, 2020, through December 27, 2020. According to the chart, that is 252 more people killed in 2020 than in 2019, with 2020 being almost as deadly as 2016 when there were 788 people killed.
While everyone was quick to defund the police, and blame their officers for “agitating the violence”, it seems as though the cities that are controlled by liberal Democrats are seeing the most trouble.
Take Dallas for example, The Dallas Police Department released a chart outlining the crime numbers and percentages throughout the year. As of December 29, 2020, there had been 235 murders in Democrat Mayor Eric Johnson’s city, as opposed to the 194 murders in the city during all of 2019. That is more than a 21% increase in just one year.
Compared to 2019, the murder rate in 2020 has increased:
• 39% in NYC
• 35% in Philadelphia
• 32% in San Francisco
• 30% in LA
• 54% in Boston
• 55% in Austin
• 58% in Atlanta
• 62% in New Orleans
• 72% in Minneapolis https://t.co/3xGmi8vCO6
— Rob Henderson (@robkhenderson) December 29, 2020
The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department released their crime numbers, indicating that as of December 31, 2020, there were 174 murders in Democrat Mayor Quinton Lucas’ City for 2020. In 2019 there were 151 murders, and 2020 marked a five year high in murder rates.
The New Orleans city government indicates there were 185 homicides in Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s (D) New Orleans January 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, an increase of 61 of over the 124 witnessed in 2019. And Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department shows 198 homicides in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) D.C. for 2020, up from 166 in 2019, Breitbart reported.
In a Twitter post on December 29, 2020, Crimealytics’ Jeff Asher reported similar surges in murder rates in other Democrat-controlled cities such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, St. Louis, and Philadelphia, among others:
Final national murder update of 2020:
Murder up 36.7% in 57 agencies with data through at least September (though most have data through November). Murder up in 51 of 57, 37 of 58 agencies reporting murder up more than 30%.
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) December 29, 2020
One of the highest increases in murders took place in Louisville, which is controlled by Democrat Mayor Greg Fischer. With murders increasing from 78 in 2019 to 139 in 2020, Louisville finished out the year with a more than 78% increase.
Likewise, Seattle, which is also controlled by a Democratic Mayor, Jenny Durkin, has seen a 74.1% increase in murders, with there being 47 murders in 2020, and only 27 recorded in all of 2019.
With these numbers written in black and white, it is hard to try to pass the blame, which is what many of the Mayors in these listed cities have tried to do. Many of them turned their back on their officers and allowed the protesters and rioters to run loose in the streets. In addition to defunding the police in many of these cities, crime units were disbanded, and the criminals were made to feel as though they had the upper hand.
Another major flaw is the fact that after criminals are being arrested, they are being set free with few to no charges, allowing them back out on the streets to commit their crimes again. As Law Enforcement Today reported this week, in New York, a man with murder charges pending against him was released back out onto the street, by the same Judge, twice. Here is more on that story.
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BRONX, NY- Bail reform, COVID-19 releases and a number of other things have seriously flawed the justice system in recent years.
It has come to light that a Bronx judge released a teen murder suspect, not once but twice, allowing him to harm others again.
Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle freed 16-year-old Jordon Benjamin without bail after allegedly stabbing a young woman, Amya Hick in the stomach.
The worst part about Benjamin’s most recent crime however, is he was set free despite two pending cases of violent crimes against him.
Bronx judge cut teen loose w/guns after murder man, slashes woman | From #Bronx to #Manhattan to #Queens to #Brooklyn actual constituents lives are being lost as @NYCCouncil @NYGov ignore bad policies, bad outcomes #VoteSafetyNYC2021 https://t.co/u1W4qrs09e
— NYFSS (@saferstreetsny) December 29, 2020
The first case against Benjamin is from Christmas Eve 2019. Sixty-year-old Juan Fresnada was walking with his roommate when police said the pair were assaulted by a group of teenagers, one of those teen’s allegedly including Benjamin, The New York Post reported.
Video of the brutal attack shows that the teens brutally stomped on Fresnada and beat him with a garbage can. He died from his injuries three days later at Lincoln Hospital, police said.
That vicious beating, and the loss of life, was all for $1, which is what the teens made off with.
Benjamin was initially confined to the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn on a manslaughter charge but freed by Boyle in March due to concerns over the coronavirus behind bars, The New York Post reported.
Then on December 14th, Benjamin allegedly slashed Hicks on Intervale Avenue in the Bronx, not far from his Hall Place home.
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) December 28, 2020
He was arrested three days later and charged with felony assault and attempted assault, and misdemeanor weapons possession, but was again released by Judge Boyle without bail at his arraignment.
Benjamin’s alleged victims and their families are now furious over the fact that this extremely dangerous teen is being allowed to walk the streets despite his repeated heinous crimes.
On Monday, December 28th, 33-year-old Tynisha Smith, the mother of Amya Hicks said:
“This is crazy, we thought he was still in jail,”
“She doesn’t have an order of protection or nothing. He’s local. He hangs out two blocks away.”
She went on to say:
“Nobody called us, I’m going to ring her now and tell her to get home. They didn’t give us a heads up or nothing. This is ridiculous. He can hurt another person.”
According to Smith, her daughter spent two days in the hospital and underwent surgery to treat her wounds.
Also on Monday, 30-year-old Bayron Caceres, the roommate of Benjamin’s alleged first victim, Juan Fresnada, said when he heard the news of Benjamin’s freedom:
He went on to say:
“I thought he was on trial. I thought he was in jail. It is unbelievable to me, the injustice.”
According to the post, Fresnada’s building is just steps away from where Benjamin and his friends regularly hang out.
A neighbor told The Post:
“I can’t believe they let him back out here,”
The neighbor went on to say:
“Now I gotta keep looking back over my shoulder.”
— NY Post Opinion (@NYPostOpinion) December 30, 2020
In response to the backlash that Boyle is now receiving, the state Office of Court Administration released a statement that said Boyle followed the law.
OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen said in the statement:
“Judges follow the law and the law clearly states that the least restrictive alternative should be the preeminent driver in bail consideration,”
Chalfen continued in the statement:
“Once released on his manslaughter charge, this defendant returned to court for all subsequent appearances, and the expectation is that that will continue with the new charge,”
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