Grassley: ‘Dems Refuse to Take Responsibility for Rising Crime’

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has sent a scathing letter to President Biden, criticizing Democrats for not accepting responsibility for rising crime rates. NRA-ILA

U.S.A.-( In a sometimes bristling letter to Joe Biden, veteran U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has thrown down a gauntlet, advising the president, “It is disturbing to see Democrats refuse to take responsibility for the rising crime rate and find other people to blame, such as lawful firearms owners.”

Grassley, a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the key people on Capitol Hill who pushed for an investigation of the Obama administration’s scandalous Operation Fast & Furious more than a decade ago, focused his four-page letter on so-called “ghost guns,” and the nomination of Steven Dettelbach to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Iowa Republican says in his letter, “I intend to fully review Mr. Dettelbach’s record, but even a cursory review of his statements about gun ownership demonstrate a lack of awareness of the circumstances surrounding legal gun acquisition, or outright favoritism of expansive gun control.”

Later in the letter, Grassley reminds Biden, “During his unsuccessful run for Ohio Attorney General in 2018, Mr. Dettelbach was endorsed by gun control advocate ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ who stated that ‘Dettelbach is running on a platform’ that includes restricting firearm ownership and expanding background checks.”

With a well-earned reputation for doggedly pursuing facts, Grassley also notes in his letter, “The Administration’s focus on ghost guns places rhetoric over fact in combating the violent crime surge…” “Originally,” the senator recalls, “the Administration attempted to impress on the public the significance of ghost guns by using the number of 325 homicides or attempted homicides connected to ghost guns that were recovered by the ATF between 2016 and 2020. According to the FBI, there were 89,076 homicides in that time, to say nothing of the number of attempted murders. Therefore, less than 0.36% of homicides involved ghost guns. Now the White House has put forward have this 20,000 figure, which (1) does not distinguish between suspected and actual “ghost guns,” (2) does not explain whether the number refers to privately made firearms or includes others, for example guns with damaged or removed serial numbers, and (3) sets no context for the overall firearms seized, or how many crimes were committed using an actual privately made firearm. This is merely another attempt to use misleading statistics that lack context to rally support for failing Democrat policies.”

Grassley is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Iowa history, so he knows a few things about the blame game. He is running for re-election this fall.

“I am…concerned,” he writes, “about the unprecedented 30% spike in murders that began as blue cities pulled their police forces off the streets in the summer of 2020. Democrats have recently attempted to shift the blame for the rise in violence in blue cities to not only lawful gun owners, but also conservative states. However, the data from 2020 shows that it is actually the Democrat-led cities within red states that are causing dramatic per capita murder rates.”

Biden came into office in 2021 with a sweeping gun control and prohibition agenda that included permanent renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons,” “universal background checks,” limits on the number of firearms one could purchase, licensing and registration. Grassley has been one of the people on Capitol Hill standing in Biden’s way.

It is perhaps not surprising that little to no attention has been afforded by the establishment media to Grassley’s letter, especially his criticism of Democrats for not accepting responsibility for rising crime in major cities and entire states that are Democrat strongholds. In his letter, the 88-year-old Senator offers some examples.

“When you remove Jackson, Mississippi’s homicides from Mississippi’s total,” Grassley notes, “the per capita murder rate drops from 10.6 homicides per 100,000 people to 6.3—below the national average of 6.5. Removing Louisville, Kentucky’s homicides cuts Kentucky’s murder rate nearly in half to 3.4. Removing blue St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri drops the homicide rate from 13 to 5.8.”

Portland, Oregon is another deep blue city, where KGW News noted, “Portland saw a record-high number of shootings in 2021 with more than 1,000 shootings. Of the nearly 90 homicides last year, fewer than half have been solved.  At least 30 people have died of homicide so far in 2022 and there have been more than 100 injury shootings across the city. At this rate, 2022 is on pace to be Portland’s deadliest year on record.”

Seattle, Washington is also a Democrat stronghold, where—according to police department data—the first three months of this year saw 13 murders, compared to 9 for the same period in 2021.

Grassley’s assessment of Democrat reluctance to acknowledge their policies have at least been partly responsible for rising crime is underscored by a Fox News report about a Republican Florida prosecutor who is cracking down on repeat offenders “as big cities with Democratic district attorneys around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, are witnessing crime spikes.”

State Attorney Melissa Nelson “made waves for finding new ways to prosecute known criminals, such as pursuing firearms charges in connection with guns flaunted in music videos. She has sought stiffer sentences for people convicted of gun crimes,” Fox News reported.

Instead of penalizing law-abiding gun owners for crimes they didn’t commit, Nelson’s strategy is to target actual criminals, something Democrats apparently haven’t figured out.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at 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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Chris Mallory

So close, yet so far. It isn’t “Democrats” that cause the problems. It is a particular group that has been coddled by both parties for years now. Look at the demographics of crime ridden pest holes and if you can recognize patterns, the communists will call you names.


America is the Crown Jewel & targeted for destruction by any means possible/necessary by the ruling el-ite oligarchy shadow GubMINT that runs the show. They can’t get the guns legit so they’ll use every work-around possible. Elon Musk the Deep State’s White Knight asset saves the Twitter creation sense it was already self imploding from censorship – rigged fact checking – circular logic talking Idio/Ideo-tards, Barking Moonbats – liberalism ideology – pseudo-intellectualism – Bohemian philosophical nut jobs etc. It’s the ol’ Good Cop / Bad Cop paradigm. Versus fessing up to the rigged Circus. Farce Book & Twitter are of… Read more »

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Gun control is has never been about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals – it’s just typical Leftist lying … which they have no problem with. If you can find a Leftist who is relatively candid, they will tell you they believe that the ends justify the means, and that morality is relative … so lying, cheating, stealing, murdering are all part of their daily lives – they have no problem with these things as long as they serve their desired goals. Gun control is about CONTROL … the Statist’s wet dream and the impetus behind everything they… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

Absolutely 100% correct Sir.

Arm up and carry on


IIRC the dems/libs/commies have admitted more than once that all of the rules/laws/regs do not stop criminals but yet they keep trying to enact even more. It is almost as if they are trying to ‘control’ law abiding folks, or something. The problem with that mentality is that most of us folks don’t need to have a bunch of laws etc – we – for the most part anyway – figure that observing the 10 Commandments should suffice. Of course even that wasn’t enough for the bureaucrats – they had to add more and more laws……………………


Everyone ought to give up now… None of you are going to actually do anything about it anyway… About any of it…. It’s over with. We’re done for.

Wild Bill

Boom, you are all doom and gloom.


Senator Grassley speaks the truth. Too bad Biden and his henchmen pay no attention; they have their own reasons for wanting absolute gun control and their nefarious reason has nothing to do with reducing crimes of any kind.

Wild Bill

That is true. I am wondering about the marxist, socialist, democrats don’t seem to be worried about getting ushered out of office in the coming election. No policy changes, no reducing inflation, no concern over gasoline prices or price of crude.Does anyone out there think that maybe, they intend to cheat their way to power … again?


Biden’s cheif of staff has already told us what they’re gonna do. The same thing they did in 2020. He commeted on the fact the Macron, though having a very low approval rating he still was re-elected.
So as either Lenin, or stalin remarked;It isn’t who votes, but who counts the votes! Here in MIchigan Wayne county registered 130% of the the vote. Tell me that is legal.

Wild Bill

I had not heard that. Now that they are not worried, I am. Thanks for sharing, brother!

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Pa John

Bring back the well orchestrated media-wide fear porn over Covid-19, reinstate mask mandates even though they cannot point to any documented evidence that they actually make any difference at all, and change election laws just as they did in 2020, so massive numbers of mail-in ballots can be indiscriminately mailed out to all the dead people on the voting rolls (and filled out by small select groups of volunteers), and all signature verifying eliminated and receipt deadlines ignored accordingly, whatever it takes to get their preferred candidates “elected” into office. And that is ignoring the TWO MILLION illegals who were… Read more »

Wild Bill

Ten million illegal aliens in Los Angeles county alone. Three and a half million work, six million on welfare, 500,000 in the LA county jail system.


Half million? L.A. county inmates in the last 10yrs was ~18k, < 4% of 500k.

10m illegals? That’s ~100% illegal per 2020 census.


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Wild Bill

That includes Theo Lacy, the Honor Rancho, Syble Brand, and the other sub jails.
Wets don’t participate in the census. They live in non-standard housing like illegal garage apartment, at the sweat shops where they work, even ice cream factories .


So, no sources.

Wild Bill

Alien Criminal Apprehension statistics for the 1990s decade.


So, no links to actual sources.

Wild Bill

The HSI Criminal Alien Apprehension program stats are accurate because that is what their job performance review is based upon each year.
LA County main jail, Theo Lacey, Sybil Brand, the LA County Honor Rancho are less accurate because illegal aliens can serve as little as 48 hours of their sentence before they are transferred to HSI custody for processing, hearing and removal.
So go look at the HSI states.


No sale. If you had sources confirming those numbers, the responsible thing would be to provide the links to confirm. Anyone with eyes in L.A. can see the numbers are depressingly large, but I’m very skeptical of the ones you quoted. No way L.A. county has the capacity for half a million inmates, let alone the budget.

Wild Bill

That is the source HSI counts them themselves.


Crickets Chirping.

Wild Bill

I was out buying a motorcycle. The HSI ACAP program are public. All the you need do is look them up.


They will never take responsibility for something they created and continue to sponsor.

Dr. Strangelove

Grassley has “A well-earned reputation for doggedly pursuing the facts,”? Too bad that he doesn’t apply that to ethanol. As corn prices rise, he wants E-15 year round. He’s good on the second amendment, but sucks in other areas.


Before jumping on the E15 you should check out the hazards of it with the damage it does to all autos and equipment that is not designed to run on that fuel mixture, they have to put additives in it to lessen the damage to all vehicles, otherwise severe damage will be done! Plus, the other thing is the lessening of your fuel milage, do a check with your own car and you will see the difference, I did and found that I lost two miles per gallon on mine!!!!

Wild Bill

Yes, and it takes three gallons of petroleum to produce five gallons of ethanol.


I figured that Biden was allowing more ethanol dilution of our fuel as part of his plan to push everyone to electric vehicles. After all if majority of gas powered cars need to have fuel system and engine replaced due to ethanol damage – how many are going to just replace the car? I expect further push to restrict new car purchases to electric vehicles – so we won’t be left with many legal or economically feasible options.

Wild Bill

Yeah, maybe huh?


“Ethanol contains less energy per gallon than gasoline, to varying degrees, depending on the volume percentage of ethanol in the blend. Denatured ethanol (98% ethanol) contains about 30% less energy than gasoline per gallon. Ethanol’s impact on fuel economy is dependent on the ethanol content in the fuel and whether an engine is optimized to run on gasoline or ethanol.” Ask anyone who has ever run an alcohol fueled race car or boat. You have to go with much bigger jets in a carburetor or bigger metering “pill” in your fuel injection. Sometimes you have to get all radical… Read more »


The remaining Progressives and the New Left Progressives who comprise the once-democratic party refuse to take the blame for any failed progressive or leftist public policy. They are incapable of self-examination, immune to criticism and live in a fantasy world fueled by hubris. You are expecting anything else from them?

American Cynic

From what I can tell, Dems are refusing to take responsibility for anything.
I will say, that anything positive resulting from the previous administration is something they are willing to take credit for.


Disappointment continues to be my mind set after watching the Democrats fail to understand the reasons the crime rate is climbing. Blaming it on law abiding citizens is turning a steady stream of voters to the Conservative candidates . What will they blame for the losses at the ballot boxes? Heads are gonna roll at the elections, the Dems failing platforms are working for every Republican in the race.


would be nice to get republicans in at city level and turn them around throw out school boards replace them with parents


They’ll just cheat AGAIN.


The BIG PROBLEM in those BLUE RUN CITIES is that they promise all kinds of HAND-OUTS and FREEBIES and the Useless that VOTE don’t want to lose THEM, no matter what!!!!!!!

Wild Bill

And the illegal aliens will be voting for free money and health care, soon, too!


They take everything but the blame.

Leftists are known for insisting they be judged by their “good” intentions. Never by the results of their failed policies.

After literally hundreds of years, millions of dead, and one failed socialist state after another, including the current horrors of Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea, their mantra is always the same: “This time it will be different.”

But it never is.


has there ever been a socialist that did not get greedy and take more than their share? no it is the nature of the beast ,greed drives the animal

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Deplorable Bill

Awaiting approval from Ammo Land as of 2133 on 4/25/22

Arm up and carry on

Deplorable Bill

D.W. it became visible about half hour ago. It’s good they are checking stuff but there was nothing in my post that was aggressive or untruthful. Maybe there are some key words or phrases that set things off during the process?

Arm up and carry on

Deplorable Bill

The White House/demoncraps/communists have no intention to admit their culpability in anything at all this includes crime, even the crimes they finance. Antifa, blm, bamn, atfe, fbi, its, epa are all terrorist organizations run by or financed by the demoncrapic, left leaning, communist party. You could not pay me enough to get me to move to commie calie, oregone, washington state, dc, etc. They don’t support the dress code I require and am guaranteed under the constitution; in carrying 24/7/365, high cap magazines, open carry etc. To me, a side arm is like the American express card —– don’t leave… Read more »

AZ Lefty

So does the GOP; here in AZ we have crimes rates much higher than California’s yet the GOP that controls the state ignores it


Don’t feed the trolls. Keep up the good work and ignore this idiot.

Wild Bill

Dave, you are very diplomatic. You should have been in the State Dept.


Don’t you have an underpass somewhere to get to or did the free wifi go out again?