In certain parts of the country, crime rates have actually been rising according to a report from Cam Edwards at Bearing Arms.
For example, Omaha, Nebraska police claim that the number of shootings in March was nearly two times greater than the number recorded in March 2019.
According to police chief Todd Schmaderer, this rise in crime was largely driven by an uptick in gang violence.
“Gangs feel this is an opportune time to commit acts of violence,” Schmaderer stated. “OPD and the community had a very good system in place, and that system is compromised right now, understandably.”
At the moment, Omaha police gang prevention specialists aren’t able to interact with youths susceptible to gang influence due to the threat of the Wuhan virus.
To tackle the increase in shooting, Schmaderer has brought additional officers to the gang unit and increased the levels of patrolling in the city’s northeast and southeast precincts
Going out west, Mayor Cathy Murillo of Santa Barbara, California claims there’s also been an increase in street crime. Murillo is countering this rise in gang violence with a new initiative called Youth Responders.
Participants can receive community service hours and gift card stipends by volunteering in food packing and distribution to help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and grocery stores that have surplus food.
“Adult outreach volunteers are recruiting at-risk youth to this program that brings them new skills, teaches them discipline, and gives them a sense of purpose during this difficult time,” Murillo commented.
New York City has been hit by a wave of homicides since shelter orders were issued. In the past month, there has been a 55 percent increase in murders. On top of that, burglaries have increased by more than 25 percent. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed before a group of reporters last week that officers are making arrests but suspects are immediately walking back on the streets.
“It’s frustrating. The cops are out there making arrests for these burglaries,” Shea stated.
But “[w]ith the existing law, what’s happening is the individuals are being released immediately and that’s something that ultimately in the end will have to be fixed,” Shea commented, alluding to bail reforms that were enacted in January.
From April 13 to 19, 259 commercial and residential burglaries were reported across New York City. This represented a 36.3 increase from April 2019 when there were 190 reported cases according to NYPD stats.
With these numbers in mind and a growing trend of lenient criminal justice policies, Americans have every reason to get armed.
Many local governments treat public safety as an afterthought and are not willing to exercise legitimate public security functions.
If they can’t do that, law-abiding citizens will eventually fill in the vacuum.
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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