Law and order, once lost, is not easy to restore. A well-understood historical truth that generations of Americans have strived to teach their children at home, the church, and via public education.
That’s one of the clear lessons of 2021. Numerous American cities were devastated by violent crime, which rose sharply after protests stemming from the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020.
In 2020, the United States nationally saw its highest-ever increase in homicides by many measures. Official FBI crime statistics indicate that 2020 saw the largest increase in homicides since the bureau began tracking those numbers in the 1960s.
“The Uniform Crime Report will stand as the official word on an unusually grim year, detailing a rise in murder of around 29 percent,” The New York Times reported of the 2020 surge. “The previous largest one-year change was a 12.7 percent increase in 1968. The national rate—murders per 100,000—still remains about one-third below the rate in the early 1990s.” TheDailySignal
Among the 12 cities that experienced record levels of violence in 2021, many have instituted sweeping reforms over the past two years to reduce police funding, overhaul law enforcement policies, or put fewer people behind bars, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.
The changes that city leaders across the nation pursued came during intense scrutiny of law enforcement after a white Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, during an arrest attempt in May 2020.
But even some Democrat lawmakers have begun to rethink the reforms as the number of homicides nationwide has increased.
“It’s terrible to every morning get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said after his city surpassed its annual homicide record of 500, which stood since 1990.
Philadelphia, a city of roughly 1.5 million people, has had more homicides this year (521 as of Dec. 6) than the nation’s two largest cities, New York (443 as of Dec. 5) and Los Angeles (352 as of Nov. 27). That’s an increase of 13% from 2020, a year that nearly broke the 1990 record.
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, leads the nation with 739 homicides as of the end of November, up 3% from 2020, according to Chicago Police Department crime data. Chicago’s deadliest year remains 1970 when there were 974 homicides.
Philadelphia’s homicide record was broken in the same week that Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville eclipsed records for slayings.
Experts say there are a number of reasons possibly connected to the jump in homicides, including strained law enforcement staffing, a pronounced decline in arrests, and continuing hardships from the pandemic, but that there is no clear answer across the board.
Now that we are in this mess, the only solution to restoring the law and order is to return to our original, nationally taught and promoted American Civics.
This might not be possible though, as our education, entertainment, and political systems are promoting Marxism, which is Godless and relies on a divided population to control the masses.
Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.