Surprise! Prosecuting Violent Criminals Reduces Violent Crime

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On July 22, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced the expansion of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend to Chicago. IMG: NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On July 22, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced the expansion of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend to Chicago in order to combat the increase in violent crime that has gripped the city in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, rioting, and sustained de-policing efforts.

Describing the effort, a DOJ press release noted, “Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.” The release went on to explain that the move was necessary due to a 51 percent year over year increase in homicides in the Windy City.

Just over a month and a half later, the surge in law enforcement appears to have worked.

On September 9, Barr gave a press conference in Chicago to provide an update on Operation Legend. A press release accompanying the conference noted, “Since the operation’s launch, there have been more than 2,000 arrests, including defendants who have been charged in state and local courts. Of those arrests, approximately 592 defendants have been charged with federal crimes.” More importantly, the DOJ explained, “In Chicago, there has been a 50 percent decrease in homicides in the first seven weeks of the operation, when compared to the five weeks prior to the operation’s launch.”

The apparent improvement in Chicago will not come as a surprise to those familiar with an earlier effort to leverage federal resources to combat violent crime. In 1997, federal officials developed Project Exile to target violent crime in Richmond, Va. During the program, local and federal officials worked together to ensure the aggressive prosecution of violent criminals under existing federal gun laws.

In 1997 Richmond suffered the second-highest per-capita homicide rate in the country. In 1998 the city’s homicides were cut by nearly one-third. A 2005 study from a team of researchers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis determined, “Richmond’s homicide reduction was significantly greater than the decline in other large cities after the implementation of Project Exile…” 

As Chicago’s violence spun out of control this summer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was quick to shift blame away from her own failures and onto the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Current and past experience show that adequate enforcement of existing laws can reduce violent crime without diminishing Americans’ fundamental rights.


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Red Falcon 1325
Red Falcon 1325
3 days ago

Impressive headline. Who wudda thought?

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
3 days ago

If only they locked up the crooked politicians and bureaucrats replacing them with trustworthy public servants. If only.

gregs
gregs
3 days ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

we don’t even need that many public servants. currently i think there are over 3 million government employees, who are still getting their paychecks through the Wuhan virus scamdemic, while hard working citizens jobs are being shut down. we do not need that many public employees, period. the savings on salary, compensation and b.s. legislation would really change America for the better.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
3 days ago
Reply to  gregs

I totally agree, big government and making everyone dependent on government is the demise of our republic.

gcm
gcm
2 days ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

question, where you going to find trustworthy public servants that are not already on the take? I would not trust any of the up and comers as far as i could throw them, you know they get trained by the existing ones.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
3 days ago

The democrat leaders in Chicago and the state of Illinois should be called out for being racist by not doing more to stop the shootings and killings in Chicago, I use the racism term because most of the shootings are black related, the leaders aren’t protecting their black citizens, thus they are committing racism by the failure to act on stopping the crime towards blacks. It’s apparent the firearms that are used in these crimes are not bought legally and the shooters don’t have the Illinois FOID card necessary for firearms and ammunition in Illinois. If this was white people… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
3 days ago

FYI: There is NO SUCH THING AS GUN VIOLENCE!!!
The VIOLENCE occurs when THUGS are WANTON to harm others. Allow Nation-Wide Constitutional Carry to enable LEGAL LAW ABIDING Americans their RIGHT to DEFEND themselves where and when ever they are forced to.