Judging by where violent crime is soaring, I think it is safe to say the answer is “no.”
“Early estimates find that in 2020, homicides in the United States increased somewhere between 25 percent and nearly 40 percent, the largest spike since 1960, when formal crime statistics began to be collected. And early estimates indicate that the increase has carried over to 2021.
Violent crime is a crisis on two levels. The first, and most direct, is the toll it takes on people and communities. The lost lives, the grieving families, the traumatized children, the families and businesses that flee, leaving inequality and joblessness for those who remain.
It’s also a political crisis: Violent crime can lead to more punitive, authoritarian and often racist policies, with consequences that shape communities decades later. In the 1970s and ’80s, the politics of crime drove the rise of mass incarceration and warrior policing, the political careers of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, the abandonment of inner cities. If these numbers keep rising, they could end any chance we have of building a new approach to safety, and possibly carry Donald Trump — or someone like him — back to the presidency in 2024. …”
Look at this.
“Social justice” has been achieved in Atlanta where Mayor Keisha Bottoms isn’t running for reelection due to the crime wave. She had only recently been a potential Biden pick for vice president.
“Most recent crime stats show there have been 208 shootings in Atlanta this year, up to 51-percent from last year and 40 homicides, a 60-percent increase from 2020.
“We are committed to putting an additional 250 new officers on the street during the next fiscal year,” Bottoms said.
The crime trend is also a political issue due to the Mayor’s race this year. …”
In Portland, the local media is debating whether Portland is over. In New York City, violent crime is the second most important issue and Andrew Yang has stumbled in the polls after coming across as soft on crime.
“Close your eyes and you could be back in the crime-plagued New York of the late 1980s. Last week’s mayoral debate was dominated by how candidates would tackle the city’s rising crime rates. Murders in New York rose last year by 43 per cent — and are on track to be higher this year than last.
The situation is even uglier in Chicago, which is close to its 1974 peak when almost 1,000 people were murdered. Ditto across urban America. There is even speculation about a repeat of the suburban exodus of the late 1960s and 1970s.
It would be unfair to blame Joe Biden for any of this. Yet as president — and leader of the party that controls most big US cities — he will pay a price if it goes on. The question is what he and local leaders can do about it. …”
The Biden administration, Black Lives Matter, the corporate media and progressive activist groups are responsible for creating this problem which is the result of the War on the Police.