A report from the National Commission of COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) has found that murder rates in the US increased by historic levels from 2019 to 2020.
The year 2020 saw 1,200 more killings than 2019 in a sample of 34 American cities. Homicide rates also increased by 30 percent, and according to the report they were higher “during every month of 2020 relative to rates from the previous year.” The report called the 30 percent increase “troubling” and claims it has “no modern precedent.”
In addition to a rise in homicides, other forms of crime that also rose were auto thefts and both aggravated and gun assaults.
Not all crime had skyrocketed, however: robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and drug-related crimes all decreased from 2019 levels.
2020 was the year of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as political and racial unrest, so the report naturally analyzed the effects of those events on the crime rates. The analysts believe that the relaxing of COVID restrictions, along with “the strain on at-risk individuals and key institutions,” likely contributed to 2020’s spike in homicide rates.
The report also noted that an increase in murders occurred throughout the summer, following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent violent riots that broke out in nearly every major city across the country. Despite this, it claims there is no “simple connection” between them. It is true that violent crime tends to increase in the summer anyway, but it also seems disingenuous to deny some sort of plausible connection, especially since police departments in major cities had been complaining about how hamstrung they were due to the “defund the police” hysteria.
Overall, violent crime is down from its zenith in the late 80s and early 90s, but upon zooming out to the early 1960s, when crime started steadily increasing, one can see that violent crime is still up significantly from then. There’s almost no chance we return to 1950s and 60s levels of violent crime, so we’ll just have to work with what we’ve got.
When people say “Crime is down.”
I usually point them to these graphs.
Most people incorrectly use the 1990’s as their starting point.
The truth is we’re living in a far less homogenous, far less trusting, and far more dangerous America. pic.twitter.com/lXWkkopROv
— YoooDatElefent (@Elefentis) January 25, 2021
Deadly Shooting in the Mexican State of Chihuahua Leaves 5 Dead, While Authorities Found Severed Heads on the Hood of a Truck
While the foreign policy Blob fixates about remote corners of the world, America’s backyard is gradually spiraling out of control.
The Mexican state of Chihuahua was host to a grisly incident on February 14, 2021 when a shootout between rival factions of gunmen left five dead. On top of that, authorities found three severed heads on the hood of a truck after the gun fight.
This deadly shootout took place close to the town of Coronado, which is roughly 150 miles south of Presidio, Texas. The Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office revealed that state law enforcement found the bodies around three vehicles. One of the bodies was riddled with multiple bullets.
The severed heads were put on the hood of a white Chevrolet Suburban that was severely damaged by gunshots. As of now, the victims’ identities and the motive behind the attack are still under investigation.
Based on recent trends, WKRG reported that “for the past three years has seen a steep increase in violence” between proxy gunmen from the local La Linea cartel and Sinaloa cartels, which were likely involved in this incident.
Incidents like these are becoming more common in Mexico as the country’s institutions deteriorate and it struggles to maintain order. One of the biggest policy failures of the post-Cold War era is America’s fixation with monster chasing in the Middle East and Eurasia, when right underneath it there are multitudes of countries filled with debilitating violence and drug trafficking that’s making its way up north.
A serious political entity would be more concentrated on its own sphere of influence and cleaning up its backyard than policing remote parts of the world. Such misplaced priorities continue in effect under the administration of Joe Biden and it will likely take a serious nationalist movement to get our border security policies right.
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