It's hard to imagine a more predictable scenario than, "If you choke off your country's lifeblood and look the other way on violent crime, then homicides are going to skyrocket."
Unfortunately our country's leaders couldn't be bothered to predict it:
Gun homicides increased 35% across the country during the first year of the pandemic to the highest level in 25 years, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Unfortunately I am not surprised," Debra Houry, acting principal deputy director of CDC and director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, told ABC News, "but it is heartbreaking."
Yeah those of us who saw this disaster unfolding from Day 1 are "not surprised" either, Ms. Houry.
The data, meanwhile, are immensely telling:
Firearm murders increased most markedly among youth and young adults -- 40% for those 10 to 24, the CDC data shows. The increases were also highest for people of color: rates of gun homicide involving Black males aged 10 to 24 years —which were already 21-times has high as white males of the same age—increased further still in 2020.
Strange how that works. Isn't it odd how all of that "Black Lives Matter" stuff has apparently accomplished nothing—nothing at all, literally nothing—even after pulling down countless millions of dollars and spearheading uncountable initiatives, protests and demonstrations in cities across the country?
Maybe—and I'm just kinda taking a wild guess here, don't quote me—it wasn't a great idea to (a) burn down businesses and destroy property in urban centers while (b) convincing young black men that they were the targets of police-sponsored genocide, and (c) pushing for a drastically neutered and reduced police presence in high-crime areas.
Maybe that might explain at least some of the astronomical rise in gun murders throughout the country? Perhaps?
I got a feeling the numbers for 2021 aren't gonna be so great either.
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