All across the country, Americans are struggling to cope with a new era of violent crime.
Urban hubs such as Philadelphia are expected to surpass last year’s record-high homicides tally. Chicago residents can expect hundreds more killings before the end of the year. In California, smash-and-grab robberies are the new normal, while the number of break-ins and thefts in Las Vegas are on the up, embracing a whole new identity of what it means to be “Sin City.”
As police agencies shrink amid low funding and community support while the southern border remains wide open for terrorists and cartels, cities famous for their tourism and sightseeing have now been rendered unsafe.
This rise in violence could impact how voters cast their ballots in key battleground states this November, especially since Democrats have made defunding police and affordable bail for violent criminals central to their platforms.
It’s not hard for Americans to see that many of these crime waves are exacerbated by the lax criminal policies adopted by blue bureaucrats. Even polls, often manipulated by their corporate sponsors to reinforce pre-determined narratives, show that voters trust Republicans far more than Democrats to address their top concerns about the economy, inflation, and rising crime. According to an ABC News/Ipsos survey out last month, 32 percent of U.S. adults said Republicans would do a better job at handling crime, while only 21 percent said the same of Democrats. Thirty-five percent held no faith in either.
Voters have good reason, however, to trust Republicans when it comes to cleaning up crime in their neighborhoods when considering Democrats created the crisis in their communities today.
Democrat Legislatures Bring ‘The Purge’ From Hollywood Fantasy To Main Street Reality
The nation’s rising crime is no spontaneous trend happening by coincidence. The crime surge is a direct consequence of Democrat-controlled legislatures passing bill after bill to enable criminal behavior with heavier restrictions on police and lower penalties for delinquents.
In Washington, state Democrats barred high-speed pursuits except under extremely limited circumstances, such as suspicion of impaired driving or probable cause that the culprit is an escaped fugitive or was involved in a violent crime. The law was passed last year as part of a police reform package in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death the year prior.
“Since January of this year, more than 900 drivers have failed to stop for a Washington State Patrol trooper trying to pull them over,” the Northwest News Network reported in May. “The patrol and other police agencies around the state say they’ve never seen such blatant disregard for their lights and sirens.”
According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, this summer, violent crime saw a more than 12 percent spike in 2021 from 2020, including 325 murders. The state lost nearly 500 officers at the same time.
In neighboring Oregon, state policymakers eliminated cash bail requirements for a series of offenses and reduced juvenile sentences. The state ranks 5th in the nation for carjackings, while Portland, Oregon’s largest city, saw a more than 200 percent murder spike last year from 2019.
Further south in Nevada, Democrats passed legislation to prohibit officers from arresting those charged with non-violent misdemeanors with few exceptions. Passed in September, the law became effective in October. Residents and businesses, including enterprises on the Las Vegas strip, are now suffering a sharp rise in property crime, which is up 15 percent from August last year.
Colorado Democrats passed a law in 2020 mandating police officers to intervene in certain circumstances related to colleague misbehavior with criminal consequences if they don’t. The law has made it easier to sue police officers directly while adding new restrictions in a blow to officer morale. Colorado has the third highest crime rate in the nation and leads in U.S. car thefts, with 661 per 100,000 vehicles stolen last year.
In Minnesota, Democrats rejected Republicans’ $200 million public safety package to invest in recruiting and retaining more police officers with resources to crack down on carjackings and repeat offenders. Instead, Democrats opted for a bill to provide police body cameras and embrace a “community-centered” approach to violent crime as opposed to stiffer penalties.
According to Neighborhood Scout, “Minneapolis has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.”
Democrat Politicians Can’t Escape Their Own Crime Wave
Even Democrat politicians have not escaped the crime wave sweeping their neighborhoods. Last week, Congresswoman Karen Bass, who is running for Los Angeles mayor, said her home was burglarized and two guns were stolen.
“LAPD was called, and I appreciate their assistance. At this time, it appears that only two firearms, despite being safely and securely stored, were stolen,” the Bass campaign said in a statement. “Cash, electronics, and other valuables were not. It’s unnerving and, unfortunately, it’s something that far too many Angelenos have faced.”
According to Fox News, data in April showed L.A. robberies up nearly 19 percent from last year, with car thefts up 40 percent, violent crime up more than 7 percent, and shootings up nearly 70 percent.
L.A. election officials, however, refused to place a referendum for the county’s leftist top prosecutor on the ballot this summer, claiming nearly 200,000 of the more than 715,000 signatures gathered were invalid. Only 566,857 were needed to force a recall. District Attorney George Gascon, who has frustrated residents with leniency for juveniles and refusal to pursue sentencing enhancements, will continue to serve through 2024.
In Philadelphia and Chicago, two democrats, a congresswoman and a state senator who support left-wing criminal justice reform were also each carjacked last year. In July, Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal was threatened by a man outside her Washington home.
Democrats Double Down
Instead of working to address voters’ concerns about crime in their communities, Democrats are doubling down on these soft-on-crime, defund the police policies, the candidates that parrot them, and siccing the FBI on the former president.
Just last week, President Joe Biden praised Wisconsin Democrat Senate nominee Mandela Barnes, who has a long history of calls for defunding the police, ending cash bail, and a vocal desire to abolish ICE in tweets.
Barnes joins a whole host of Democrat candidates, including Sens. Raphael Warnock and Mark Kelly who have shown their contempt for keeping voters safe by voting against Republican amendments designed to keep crime at bay, including increasing funding for law enforcement.
In former Chief Justice of North Carolina Cheri Beasley’s case, she ruled against the American people by letting child predators off the hook and murderers scheduled for the death penalty with lesser punishment.
In Pennsylvania, where voters say the economy, inflation, and crime, are their top issues, Democratic Senate nominee and current Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he wants to cut the prison population by a third. He also recently endorsed Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner, who Pennsylvania Republicans threatened to impeach over his failure to properly address violent crime and who lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed to hold in contempt.
Meanwhile, Republicans led by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, plan to introduce new legislation aimed at reinforcing the need for rule of law on U.S. streets. Blackburn said in a tv appearance on Wednesday that includes “grants for law enforcement, more resources for law enforcement, for fighting some of these drug cases, fentanyl that get into the hands of gangs and cause additional problems in the cities.”
The legislative move comes shortly after two fatal crimes in her home state of Tennessee, including the brutal murder of a mother on a jog and the deaths of four people at the hands of a deranged shooter who live-streamed his killing spree, drew the attention of the country. Both of the alleged murderers were career criminals who were let out of prison early.
“We need tough-on-crime prosecutors, DAs. If you do the crime, you need to do the time,” Blackburn said in the teaser for her legislation.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour.
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