Several U.S. cities have seen a huge spike in murders and other violent crimes. After a two-decade decline, there is now fear that we are seeing a new crime wave that appears to be directly related to the liberal’s relentless hate campaign against the police.
Just last month I wrote an article about how the “hands off” policy spouted by nearly every leading Democrat from the president on down would end in disaster. It is too easy to predict the outcome when you have the Mayor of Baltimore telling the Police Department to “Give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”
Gun violence in Baltimore is up more than 60% from May of 2014. There were 32 shootings just over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years. Non-fatal shootings of children in Baltimore are up 500% from last year.
Below is a short list of the latest crime statistics from some of our nation’s key cities:
Milwaukee: Homicides were up 180%.
St. Louis: Shootings were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%.
Atlanta: Murders were up 32%.
Chicago: Shootings have increased 24% and homicides 17%.
Los Angeles: Shootings and other violent crimes have spiked by 25% .
New York: Murders were up nearly 13% .
While crime is up, arrests have dropped sharply in Baltimore. Police booked 1,045 people in the first 19 days of May, an average of 55 a day. In the same time period last year, police arrested 2,396 people, an average of 126 a day.
The rush to indict all six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray has made it immediately clear that law enforcement is a risky profession. Feeling unappreciated, cops are more likely now to stay at the station watching their 401k grow, and count down their days to retirement. On the positive side, there may be an increase of officers helping little old ladies to cross the street. The drug dealers and gangbangers in the hood are certainly getting less attention.
Police leadership have expressed the change in attitude: “Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.” – Lt. Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3
The same people who were shouting “Kill the police” are now singing a different tune. “Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was chased down. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”
The liberal media deserves much of the blame for this mess. The press turned this into a racial matter by exclusively focusing on every negative altercation that occurs between the police and blacks. I remember when CNN was covering a live story about a stolen horse. The police were seen kicking the perpetrator, but when the camera zoomed in and showed the guy to be white, the network quickly dropped its coverage.
Now that it is clear that we’ve reached the point where law enforcement officers have become less proactive, while criminals have been emboldened, you would expect an “Oh no, what have we done?” moment on the part of the mainstream media. But they have been mostly silent about this recent development. It’s not that they don’t recognize the problem. The press is so demonically deluded that they are incapable of logical and rational thinking.
The reason why Jesus compared the days of Noah to the last days is because Noah’s time was when the earth was filled with violence. Another thing the Lord pointed out that matches our day is the inability to know how much we are in danger of judgment. In Barack Obama’s America, there is only perpetual sunshine. Never mind the fact that the economy is crumbling and our foreign policy is a mess. Once Christians leave in the Rapture, the flood that comes to wash away today’s sinners will be a flood of fire.
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).