According to a new report from The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore city proper’s murder crisis is now expanding into Baltimore County.
In 2019, 50 homicides were recorded in Baltimore county. These numbers surpassed the previous high of 43 homicides in 1992 during the crack epidemic.
Additionally, the 2019 homicides represent an 85 percent increase over the previous year, when 27 homicides were registered in the county.
Before 2019, Baltimore County homicides tended to fluctuate in the low 20s. Homicides in the county started to increase by a significant amount in the wake of the 2015 Baltimore Riots.
Police also recorded 54 nonfatal shootings in Baltimore County in 2019 and 56 in 2019.
Back in late September, a mass stabbing took place at a high-end shopping center in Hunt Valley, where four people were stabbed. Police eventually killed the assailant.
The rise in homicides and violent crime in the county is largely because of the murder epidemic taking place in the city. Violent crime is now spreading out and spilling over to the communities five to ten miles from city limits.
In 2019, Baltimore recorded 348 deaths and a per capita homicide rate of 57 per 100,000 — one of the highest murder rates in America.
“Any homicide is completely unacceptable to me and I’m devastated for every single family that lost a loved one to a murder in Baltimore County this past year,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said, pinning the blame on domestic violence and drug-related crimes for sparking the wave of deaths in 2019.
Olszewski stated to “keep things in context,” the county is still “a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”
He continued, “any loss of life is one too many, and any increase in our rate is deeply concerning.”
Baltimore city proper’s murder epidemic is spreading, now spilling over into the county. This has contributed to record numbers of homicides in the area.
The home of the great writer H.L. Mencken has now turned into a legitimate hellhole.
Most leftist critics will try to blame the guns on Baltimore’s violence. However, the state of Maryland has some of the toughest gun control in the nation. The city’s corruption goes beyond objects and is likely the result of other forms of public policy that have caused social disintegration.
Baltimore’s political leadership is clearly to blame for all of this mess.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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