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Post Explaining the Rise in US Crime
Created by John Eipper on 08/02/21 4:15 AM

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Explaining the Rise in US Crime (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 08/02/21 4:15 am)

In discussing possible reasons for the recent increase in crime rates, John E overlooked the fact that in many cities and counties like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, etc., they have prosecutors who do not prosecute, no bail laws, and mass prisoner release to avoid COVID transmission. As some Black police chiefs (e.g. DC) have explained to the political airheads, if you do not incarcerate criminals, but rather pander to them while defunding the police, you will have very high crime. Add to the equation the mix of the high number of homeless and recent unvaccinated or unvetted illegal migrants and transnational gangsters being dumped into the community and you have, surprise, surprise--more violent crime!

Meanwhile, we the taxpaying American citizens are now potential victims who seek protection by buying and registering guns (check the numbers) and are getting very upset when the airheads seek to disarm us! Now if that is not a Biden-created set of crises, the sky is not above. John and others who live in nice lakeside green areas in the heartland prepare for the inevitable when the growing move away from the cities and urbanize areas accelerates.

In reference to Senator Barbara Boxer, in the 1970s-'90s we both lived nearby in beautiful Marin County and her son and mine public schooled together. I was their assistant soccer coach and thus met her and her family. (Parenthetically: the two boys were among the shortest in our fast-moving Pele-emulating team!) I was an Independent-leaning Democrat then and volunteered in her campaign for County Supervisor and then for the Senate. In the process I got to meet and party with the likes of Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Willie Brown and others before pulling away due to serious policy differences (e.g. abortion). I would frequently run into her at the local movie houses since we are movie fans. The Boxers eventually moved across the Bay to Oakland, when Jerry Brown was Mayor, for Boxer husband's legal practice.

JE comments:  When crime goes up, there are always calls for more mano dura.  Two observations:  1) Violent crime in the US is still far below what it was a generation ago, and 2) the spike (if indeed there is a spike) began prior to the Biden presidency (especially in 2020 with the pandemic).  Can someone in WAISdom volunteer to do a patient walk through the statistics?  Especially vis-a-vis the defunding of police.  Of course, there are many factors that impact crime rates.  One tends to prefer the variables that best fit with one's worldview.

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