This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 2, 2017:
Heather Mac Donald hasn’t been given nearly enough credit. The author of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe published last summer answers the question: what is the root cause of the increasing gun violence in cities like Chicago, Newark, Detroit, Baltimore, and elsewhere?
It’s the Ferguson Effect: the increasing unwillingness of officers on the scene to intervene for fear of reprisals and bad publicity. Wrote Mac Donald: “Chicago officers have cut back drastically on proactive policing under the onslaught of criticism from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its political and media enablers.” The consequences are predictable: “Criminals are back in control and black lives are being lost at a rate not seen for decades.”
Popular Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke praised Mac Donald:
The War on Cops offers a perspective that supporters of law enforcement have long been waiting more … [she] understands that assertive policing protects the law-abiding poor – and often minority – citizens trapped in ghettos.
That lack of “assertive policing” never appears as a root cause of the increasing gun violence in Chicago and elsewhere. Sycophants supporting the Black Lives Matter agenda – replace local police with federal – spend time and ink looking elsewhere. That would include the Atlanta Black Star which reported that Nicholas Johnson, professor of law at Fordham University’s School of Law, admitted that he just didn’t know what’s behind the rise in gun violence:
The truth of the matter is that we just don’t know what is behind the gun violence. Every popular theory – from single-parent families to economic disparity to sheer boredom – either has been disproved or does not have enough evidence to support them.
So the propaganda mouthpiece reverted back to form:
A large component of the proliferation of illegal guns on the streets is the lack of effective control of gun trafficking … without effective gun control, weapons cannot be kept out of the hands of those who should never have access to [them].
The Star is doing double duty here: promoting more gun control while hiding the root cause of gun violence in big cities like Chicago, Buffalo, Newark, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Detroit.
The Chicago Tribune, for example, just reported that as of 11pm Monday night, gun violence in Chicago is ahead of last year, which was the deadliest in the last 20 years. Citywide the homicide total was 409, with 74 dying of gunshot wounds in July alone.
The Chicago PD expressed “frustration” over its inability to rein in violence over the long four-day Independence Day weekend, despite knowing who the criminals are and where they are living! A department spokesman noted that an additional 1,300 officers were assigned to those areas, so “I don’t think lack of resources was an issue.”
Of course not. What LEO would be willing to put his life on the line and enter a virtual war zone knowing that he might be cited for bad behavior under guidelines issued by the feds? A mistake could result in the end of his career along with lawsuits and bad publicity.
A useful measure of the increase in gun violence in Chicago is the number of people wounded or killed per 100,000 population. In 2011 the ratio was 94 per 100,000, less even than Buffalo, New York. In 2012 it jumped to 107, fell back to 83 in 2013, returned to 96 in 2014 and then retraced back to 108 in 2015. In 2016, however, the number of people wounded or killed leapt an astonishing 49 percent, to 161 per 100,000.
Put another way, the chances of being wounded or killed in Chicago is more than 160 out of every 100,000 people in a year. More people are being killed or wounded by gunfire in Chicago than in New York City and Los Angeles combined, which have much larger populations.
What is the agenda of BLM and its enablers? It bears repeating: the failure of local police to do their job brings pressure from citizens fearing for their safety to call for federal help. That’s a siren call that’s hard to resist. Before the start of the long four-day Independence Day weekend, President Trump tweeted: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.”
That federal “help” leads to federal “studies” concluding that local police are behaving badly and must now conform to federal “rules” and “guidelines” with federal oversight to enforce them.
This is the classic move of Marxists: pressure from below (pleas for federal assistance from victims of BLM-inspired riots), pressure from above (I’m from the government and I’m here to help you), resulting in the synthesis: local police under the control of the federal government.
That is the real cause of the rise to record highs of gun violence in big cities across the land. But it’s been blacked out from any discussion by the media because it doesn’t fit the narrative.
Chicago Tribune: More people dying from gunshot wounds as Chicago marks 400 homicides
Chicago Sun Times: Chicago ends July with more than 400 murders, on pace to exceed 2016
Atlanta Black Star: Are There Any Solutions to the Gun Violence Problem In the Black Community?