Dem-controlled Cities Hammered with Homicides Amid Cop Cutbacks

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Philadelphia, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Chicago and at least a half-dozen other major U.S. cities have a couple of things in common: all have skyrocketing homicides, and a check by AmmoLand News reveals they all have Democrat-controlled administrations. The question is inevitable:

Have reports about the deadly environments in these and other cities influenced an increasing number of Americans to buy guns for personal protection?

According to an ABC News report, “Other major cities that have surpassed yearly homicide records are St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Rochester, New York; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, which broke its record back in August.”

Another liberal bastion, Seattle, may not surpass last year’s body count of 52, but it could be close with three weeks remaining in the year. At last check with the Seattle Homicide Twitter page—not connected to the Seattle Police Department—the Jet City has logged 42 murders so far this year. In 2020, Seattle racked up 52 killings. AmmoLand took a hard look at Seattle and surrounding King County homicides back on Oct. 14, and how gun control measures adopted over the past six years have failed miserably to live up to their sales pitches. Indeed, if it were possible to accomplish less than nothing, Evergreen State gun control would clearly meet the definition.

The ABC report notes Philadelphia has so far tallied 521 slayings (as of Dec. 6), surpassing the annual homicide record of 500. Rochester, NY “broke its 30-year-old record on Nov. 11,” according to Police Capt. Frank Umbrino.

The story also noted Milwaukee has posted 178 homicides, which is a dozen short of last year’s record count, while Minneapolis—where the city council took scissors to the police department budget following the protests generated by the George Floyd incident—reports 91 slayings “six shy of a record set in 1995.”

Chicago has reverted to becoming a slaughterhouse, with at least 739 homicides reported by ABC while the popular HeyJackass.com website has the number at 757 people fatally shot, and a murder total of 805. A final tally will be announced on Jan. 2 or 3 by various sources.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020, “the volume of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased 29.4 percent” over 2019. Those figures may be just a preview of how 2021 will end. Data for this year will not be released until late September 2022, only weeks before the November mid-term elections.

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the firearms community why so many millions of Americans have been “arming up” over the past 19 months since the coronavirus outbreak. According to the most recent estimate from the Crime Prevention Research Center, there are now more than 21.5 million active carry permits and licenses in circulation. That doesn’t count the number of people now carrying without a license in 20 states where permits are no longer required.

Those people, including millions of new gun owners, watched anarchy spread from city to city, as protesters would loudly demand cuts to law enforcement while violent demonstrations were plaguing many cities.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, recognized the importance of this surge three months ago.

“Millions of Americans appreciate now, more than ever, the fact that our Second Amendment protects their right to own a gun,” Gottlieb observed in September. “This should send a message to anti-gun politicians and the gun prohibition lobby that increasing numbers of American citizens aren’t buying the nonsense they’re selling. Instead, these good-sense citizens are buying firearms, learning to use them properly and making it clear they will not surrender their safety, and that of their neighborhoods, to an emboldened criminal element.”

The situation is not helped when politicians seem to be in denial. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “summer of love” prediction in 2020 is now infamous. More recently, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, writing at the Philadelphia Inquirer, unloaded on District Attorney Larry Krasner for declaring during a press briefing, “We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence.”

That probably came as news to the families of the 521 people who have been murdered so far this year in the “City of Brotherly Love.”

According to the ABC report, “Experts say there are a number of reasons possibly connected to the jump in homicides, including strained law enforcement staffing, a pronounced decline in arrests and continuing hardships from the pandemic, but that there is no clear answer across the board.”

That’s not what White House reporters got from Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a briefing a few days ago. Responding to Fox New reporter Peter Doocy about the causes of crime, she said the COVID-19 pandemic is “a root cause” of organized looting incidents, but added, “I think many people have conveyed that and also one of the … root causes of crime in communities is guns and gun violence. And we’ve seen that statistically around the country.”

Psaki did not affix blame to any perpetrators, just guns. That should be a signal to Second Amendment activists about what to expect in January, when lawmakers at the state and Congressional levels get back to work. Using guns as a scapegoat has become a favored strategy among politicians who have advocated for no bail schemes that let more criminals out of jail, and COVID releases from jails and prisons that put criminals back on the streets.

The problem may best be summed up by a comment Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, gave to ABC News for its story.

“It’s terrible to every morning get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories,” Kenney said. “It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop.”

But how? That is always the missing link. Politicians constantly declare violent crime “needs to stop,” but almost invariably, their proposals seem to come back to passing more gun laws, penalizing people who are not committing the murders by adding new restrictions routinely ignored by the criminals who are committing murders.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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KK

Until we talk about WHO IS RESPONSIBLE for all this crime and violence, we will never see an end to it.

If WHITE SUPREMACISTS were shooting up all the cities, WE’D SURE BE LAYING BLAME – NON STOP – ON THE WHOLE DEMOGRAPHIC!

If TRUMP supporting MAGA people were SMASH AND GRABBING millions from retailers – WE’D SURE BE LAYING BLAME – NON STOP – ON THE WHOLE DEMOGRAPHIC!

BLACK CRIME AND VIOLENCE – it is ransacking the Nation.

It is almost as big a threat to our Nation as THE MARXIST DEMOCRAT PARTY!

Neanderthal75

There is one glaring aspect to this whole scenario for every city mentioned that Mr Workman did not address: the fact that the citizens of each of these blue cities voted for all of the Dem Party officials which run those cities. This is the reason I have no sympathy for people in any of the listed blue cities: they are getting precisely what they voted for! They wanted left-wing policies? They got left-wing policies! The whining from those who keep voting for these Democrat Party officials election after election, decade after decade, especially in places like chicago, la, frisco,… Read more »

JSNMGC

The majority of voters voted for those officials.

The majority of American voters voted for the officials who implemented the NFA of 1934, the GCA of 1968, and the “assault weapon” ban of 1994.

Do you have no sympathy for Americans who did not vote for those officials (like yourself, I expect)?

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hoss

I hear these Repubs talking. but all we’re getting is lip service, like any politician they’ll tell you what they think you want to hear, then do what they’re told.
The New World Order is making it’s move, and there’s only one way to stop them. I fear it’s too late.
IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN!

Tank

Liberal-Progressive pseudo-intellectualism politicized policies will continue to fail & never are held accountable for their errored ideological flaws. Police & other charged enforcer authorities who fail to enforce constitutional protections for all citizens are simply Oder Followers collecting a paycheck & part of the problem as well. Name one thriving Liberal-Progressive sociocultural civilization in any historical epoch – event chronicle that ever benefitted the people ? Crickets Chirping in perpetuity. None. Collectivism only benefits those who rule & control the people. History is replete with copious examples. Bolshevik, French Revolution, Roman Empire. American Neo-Roman Empire is no different. The MIBC… Read more »

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C.

I would copy and paste this perfect comment to my FB page were it not for the fact that I am in FB jail for posting similar content. The truth is glaringly obvious to anyone who has studied history.

nrringlee

The incremental assault on American institutions is near complete. The Progressive New Left has accomplished the goals initially set out in the Prairie Fire Manifesto back in 1974. They have managed to incrementally destroy the values and value forming institutions of our society and we now witness the end result of their handiwork. The left does not build. They certainly do not build back better. They destroy. Witness their handiwork.

Wild Bill

Hopefully they all got the Clot Shot.

Monkey Mouse

For decades, the murders were relegated to the areas that would vote Democrat no matter what, so no one took notice. Now that it has both jumped by dozens of % and also spilling over into areas where these events were extremely rare, it is grabbing headlines. But until the limosine liberals in these cities put the screws to the politicians to fix the issues, nothing will ever happen. Meanwhile residents in these ultra violent areas are getting less police protection and are for the most part completely unarmed due to feel good liberal laws. The police won’t stop violent… Read more »

Wild Bill

The committee of vigilance can not clean up the mess as long as the police investigate and arrest them. MC, brother.

DDS

“I think many people have conveyed that and also one of the … root causes of crime in communities is guns and gun violence. And we’ve seen that statistically around the country.” — Jen Psaki

Sorry, Ms. Psaki, but guns do not cause crime any more than rats cause garbage.

swmft

demorats ARE garbage

Tank

100% spot on. Anarchist’s & despot enableist’s at this point who take delight is seeing all that’s good in life destroyed.

JSNMGC

There are enough cops in some cities to send 10 cops to respond to “man video recording government employees in a public place”

Maybe they should reconsider their priorities.

swmft

you mean make them do actual work???? courts say their job is to solve crime not stop it: so sitting around eating doughnuts is their job. That needs to change and serve and protect needs to return

JSNMGC

Government employees protect government employees.

There are hundreds of videos of government employees (not LE) trying to flex their power on “civilians” and make up laws and tell the “civiians” they must obey those laws. When the “civilians” give the governement employees lip, the government employees call the cops.

What happens when the cops arrive varies from video to video. However, a large percentage of the cops try to enforce non-existent laws.

Tank

They claim & will continue to point their fingers at the Political left yet allow the political left to pass unconstitutional laws/edicts/EO’s/decrees etc.

If they would simply figure it out & refuse to work for corrupt rotting corpus system it would bring on the collapse of the failed system faster, rather than enable it to keep functioning. Order Followers of UN-Constitutional laws are still allowing their consent tacit or explicit by participating in that UN-constitutional system. Clot shot or not the USA was already on that path of self-destruction before Covid-19 plandemic scamdemic ever materialized imo.

BoydK

Speaking of lefty cities, the whole Sawant recall is looking to become a big tease. Early returns favored recall by a huge margin, now it’s down to less then 1%. I don’t want to continue getting the government those voters deserve, OR the crime rates.

Russn8r

12.21.07 HR 2640 NRA’s Latest “Victory”
https://www.oregonfirearms.org/12-21-07-hr-2640-the-nras-latest-victory
NRA openly worked with gun grabbers to pass it.

We commend Congress for strengthening the Brady background check.”
-Helmke, Brady Pres
“When NRA & I agree on legislation, you know it’ll become law.”
-Schumer

Surely the veterans who lost their rights would like to give a shout out to Dave Workman for helping the traitors spin it.
https://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/workman_hr2640.pdf

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AZ Lefty

Funny how so many Conservative controlled cities and towns are having the same problem

Russn8r

Uh huh. I wouldn’t recommend anyone hold their breath waiting for proof, except TEX/Will/FORDWill/WB et ilk, since sock pups don’t breathe anyway.

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Darkman

Typical Lefty Hyperbole. “Tell the Lie often enough and it becomes truth”. Joseph Goebbels Nazi Propaganda Minister.

Tank

100%.

Montana454Casull

Where is the proof to substantiate that statement there lefty ass ? I mean lefty AZ . I don’t see those statistics anywhere ?

swmft

amazing how stupid people can be , dont like truth give a knee-jerk answer without any proof to back it up. lefty needs to go to a party in Beverly Hills , oh it was just a black lives mater fundraiser

Tank

100%.

Tank

Exactly.