AOC wants us to put the record homicide numbers 'in context'
Category: News & PoliticsVia: texan1211 • one month ago • 6 comments
By: Zachary Faria (MSN)
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is worried about the rising number of homicides. Not because of the surging violence, of course, but because it threatens to derail the "defund the police" movement.
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"We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases," she said earlier this week. "Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much, but I also want to make sure that this hysteria — you know, that this doesn't drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate in that context."
So, let's put those numbers in context. Preliminary FBI data suggests more than 20,000 homicides nationwide in 2020, the most since at least 1995. The numbers haven't faded in 2021 either: Homicide rates in large cities are up 24% over the first five months of the year compared to last year's large number.
The trend can even be seen in the leftist Democrat's own city. Through the first 14 weeks of this year, New York City saw an 81% increase in shootings, the highest number of shootings during the same time period since 2002. Robberies, grand larcenies, felony assaults, and shootings have all increased in April and May compared to last year.
Ocasio-Cortez's warning against hysteria so "we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate" comes when the push to defund police departments has begun to break down. Ocasio-Cortez's endorsed candidate in the New York City mayoral race, Maya Wiley, is likely to lose to former police officer Eric Adams in the Democratic primary once all the complicated ballot calculations are finished.
The "defund the police" movement has become so toxic, the White House is pretending it was Republicans responsible for it, rather than Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez.
Even on the movement's last legs, some cities such as Oakland still ignore the bloodshed and push ahead with crippling their own police departments. But the momentum is clearly gone now. Portland, Minneapolis, and New York City have recognized their mistakes at some level and tried to walk them back. The surge in homicides across the country has twisted the arms of several Democrats who were sympathetic to the movement. Soon, only activists such as Ocasio-Cortez will be left.
That's the good news. The bad news is that Democrats still aren't willing to take the blame for it, as shown by the White House trying to pin it on the GOP. Democrats knew this was a toxic movement pushed by their own members when they lost seats in the House of Representatives last November. However, they will still not dare to cross Ocasio-Cortez as she continues to push for this dangerous idea going forward.
Original Author:Zachary Faria
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