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Gang Violence is Soaring in Some Cities Despite Stay at Home Orders

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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