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The year 2020 likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in American history. Murder was up nearly 37% in a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. Based on preliminary estimates, at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than in 2019. Mainstream media and many politicians claim the pandemic caused this bloodbath, but the chronology doesn’t support that assertion. And now the criminal-justice policies supported by President Biden promise to exacerbate the current crime wave, while ignoring its actual causes.

The local murder increases in 2020 were startling: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, according to data compiled by crime analyst Jeff Asher. Dozens of children, overwhelmingly black, were killed in drive-by shootings. They were slain in their beds, living rooms and strollers. They were struck down at barbecues, in their yards, in malls, in their parents’ cars, and at birthday parties. Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and 11 in Philadelphia. In South Los Angeles alone, 40 children were shot, some non-lethally, through September.

2020 was a mad year even if you ignore the explosion of murderous violence. We’re not talking relentless Antifa insurrection and BLM arson, looting and rioting. This is the every day stuff which often only makes the local news. A crazyness has taken hold and it only intensify with an administration dedicated to racial pandering, decadent social experiments and ever higher welfare crack.  It’s more urgent than ever to get out of the cities.

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  1. Some people deserve and need to be shot Pete….. there is a segment of our society that saves the state a lot of trouble, expense, and paperwork.

    They shoot and murder each other on a daily basis in some cities and 99.9% of the shootings and murders are animal on animal….. it’s just the way it is.

  2. New York has a significantly higher population than Pennsylvania, but PA has twice as many deaths.

    The gun death rate ( how you look at these things ) shows you that if you want to be safe, you should move to a northeast or other low gun state./ We can all agree on that.

    Gun death rate
    Alaska 24.4
    Tennessee 18.4
    West Virginia 16.6
    Texas 12.7
    Florida 12.7
    PA 11.7
    Hawaii 4.4
    New Jersey 4.1
    New York 3.9
    Massachusetts 3.4

  3. gone from the other spot….

    Are those numbers total gun deaths or violent crime gun deaths.

    In other words with or without the suicides.

  4. cities 2019 https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/blog/highest-murder-rate-cities-2019

    5. Baltimore, MD
    Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .56
    10.6X U.S. Average
    No. of Murders: 342

    4. Gary, IN
    Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .63
    11.9X U.S. Average
    No. of Murders: 48

    3. St. Louis, MO
    Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .66
    12.5X U.S. Average
    No. of Murders: 205

    2. Chester, PA
    Murder Rate per 1,000 population: .85
    16X U.S. Average
    No. of Murders: 29

    1. East St. Louis, IL
    Murder Rate per 1,000 population: 1.13
    21.3X U.S. Average
    No. of Murders: 30

  5. They are from all gun deaths

    Suicides must be counted in a very prominent fashion, as should all gun accidents.

    There are good and bad things about having a gun in the house, a bad thing is that if you have the lowest day ever, it can be all to easy to end it quick. This is the elephant in the room that is rarely discussed properly in this country.

  6. there are all sorts of ways of crunching the numbers. We tend to kill each other more than we kill anyone else.

    There are neighborhoods in our country that have been active war zones for 60yrs. It’s sad but it’s undeniable fact.

  7. //policies supported by President Biden promise to exacerbate the current crime wave, while ignoring its actual causes.//

    But don’t keep us in suspense, what ARE the actual causes?

    Other than a tendency to be in Trump supporting states.

    See Phantom’s link for the most trigger-happy parts (numbers per 100,000 pop.)

    Alaska 24.4
    Mississippi 24.2
    Wyoming 22.3
    New Mexico 22.3
    Alabama 22.2
    Louisiana 22.1
    Missouri 20.6
    South Carolina 19.9
    Arkansas 19.3
    Montana 19
    Oklahoma 18.6
    Tennessee 18.4
    West Virginia 16.6
    Georgia 15.8
    Nevada 15.3
    Arizona 15.1
    Kentucky 14.9
    Idaho 14.2

    That’s some lead over liberal and relative urban Massachusetts at 3.4.

  8. You are right though Phantom number one gun death in the US is suicide.

    That is a horrible mental health crises. It is also damn ignorant of the selfish bastard. Not only does his act destroy the lives of every person connected to them, but probably the person closest to them is going to have to scrub the idiots brains off the wall.

    Take a bottle of pills, open your wrists in a tub, don’t leave a physical mess as well the traumatic psychological mess your suicide is going to dump on others,

  9. IF someone is in that much pain, I can’t judge.

    But I think it is usually way better to not have a gun in the house – the family is much safer.

  10. “Take a bottle of pills, open your wrists in a tub, don’t leave a physical mess as well the traumatic psychological mess your suicide is going to dump on others,”

    It is worse than that. Not all suicide attempts succeed. The different methods of suicide all result in different chances of succeeding. Shooting yourself is one of the most likely to kill you. So most people who try to kill themselves with a gun will succeed. Most people who try to kill themselves without a gun will survive and maybe can be treated.

    It isn’t the mental health crisis alone that is causing these deaths. It is the mental health crisis and the prevelance of guns.

  11. Noel I have an elected democrat on my pistol team…. Trump country has no real weight in the conversation. Like I said in my interview the other night America doesn’t have a “gun culture” it’s just that everybody’s armed….

  12. //It is the mental health crisis and the prevelance of guns.//

    But isn’t there a major overlap between the two?

  13. “Like I said in my interview the other night America doesn’t have a “gun culture” it’s just that everybody’s armed….”

    The majority of Americans do not own a gun. And given the hysterical reaction to even the most limited gun control proposals it is clear that America doesn’t have a gun culture. An influental minority of Americans have a gun fetish.

  14. As Patrick himself has said many times, lots of people own multiple firearms

    I used to know an older paranoid Italian American guy who had ” an arsenal ” in his basement in Queens. All were illegal, but there you are.

    In much of the country, people would look at you funny if you had a gun and were not a police officer or similar.

    I don’t believe for one minute that it makes people safer, but there are few concessions on that issue. If you’re genuinely afraid for your life living where you are, you should move to a safer place, like an American urban area.

  15. “But isn’t there a major overlap between the two?”

    Honestly I don’t believe so. There is little to no evidence to suggest that America has a worse mental health problem than elsewhere. 20.6% of Americans have had a mental health problem (mild or serious) in the last 12 months. Globally that is estimated to be at about 17.6%. More than average but not massively so.

  16. like an American urban area.… yeah like Philly, Baltimore, Chicago, DC, etc etc etc


  17. I’d think that NYC and many other urban areas are off the charts safer from gun deaths than Alaska is.

    And as said, much of Chicago is highly desirable to live in. Much of the shootings are one gang banger dope peddler shooting another, doing the world a favor most of the time.

  18. come out and live among church goin gun owners…. listen to the sounds of hoofbeats at night instead of the sweet steady thrum of the city Phantom…. come breath the fresh air… except of course on the nights they coat the fields on pig shit and the winds change… then ya wanna die… but come, come live among the Amish….

  19. And then you get these articles about how unhealthy modern life is in a city. You know… you get mobile phone tumours… far more likely in the city. Well you know what? So is everything else. Including sex, coffee and conversation.

  20. The kill zones Phantom no matter how many deaths are always localized, and conditional.

    There are perpetual pockets of poor. The population in theses zone may shift over the decades from ethnicity to ethnicity, but they are the zones where the despair resides permanently because these are the zones our society have created over the centuries for the struggling among us.

    There are parts in every city where you are one block from a war and other parts of that same city where you will be overwhelmed by the opulence.

  21. Yes

    And BTW, I don’t look down on the country at all.

    I love being in very different places in America, or in many other places.

    I feel very comfortable in places in the rural South, for example.

  22. //I feel very comfortable in places in the rural South, for example.//

    Are there any places in the US you don’t feel comfortable in?

    Everywhere I’ve been in the US I’ve been made to feel very welcome when I talked to people, but maybe that’s coz they knew I’m a foreigner. I also found the cops to be very civil and professional, if maybe a bit too tough compared to cops here.

    There were of course a few neighbourhoods in parts of Manhattan where I thought best to avoid casual conversations and keep my head down and keep walking smartly ahead. But that was in the 1980s; maybe things are more relaxed there now.

  23. I’ve stayed in downtown Cleveland and have visited downtown Detroit.

    In Detroit in the late 1990s there was a real sense of danger after sundown. Gas stations locked the ” store ” portion and would only do business behind plexiglass. I think that there has been some revival in some parts of the city since then.

    Downtown Cleveland has some life in the day, but nothing at all like NY Dublin or London. At night, the wide streets are empty of civilians . Everyone with a job moved to the suburbs a long time ago.

    I believe that places like Detroit, Cleveland, Camden and Newark NJ and north Philly had race riots in the sixties and never recovered from them.

  24. BTW I have ( briefly ) been in Camden and north Philly in the day. I would never want to be there at night.

    Newark NJ can be OK at night, in certain defined areas. New Orleans can be like that too. Many fun areas, but don’t go beyond them.

  25. I think every place is going to have areas like that. Belfast is an overwhelmingly safe city, with a low crime rate. And there are still places in Belfast I wouldn’t want to be.

  26. Yes.

    But if the center of the town is desperate, nothing is good.

    I drove down Michigan Avenue in Detroit, and saw multiple tall buildings with windows smashed out. And then at night, people were afraid to be out, taxi drivers were afraid to pick people up.

    It’s genuinely hard for things to get that bad, but they did.

  27. They are dead zones that we have not been healed and fixed. The list of reasons why is a mile long, but they are there and they are always there at one level of intensity or another but we’ve not solved the problems.

  28. I feel very comfortable in places in the rural South, for example.

    Would love to visit these places and speak to the people. I’ve only been to obvious places in the US.

  29. //the completely empty building//

    Get this


    //Would love to visit these places and speak to the people. //

    Petr, hire a car in, say, N Carolina, drive across into Tennessee and then down the Mississippi, to New Orleans and from there into and across Texas. You may not remember all the places you’ve been to, but you will remember all the great people you meet. The people there are hospitable to a fault – one night I had three offers of places to stay – wear their hearts on their sleeves and are generally so communicative and down to earth and honest that you soon realise why so many of them reject a lot of the phoney stuff they hear from and identify with the north.

  30. restoration of the train station would be great but a novelty.

    What Detroit needs is a jobs base\. It has no employment of value to offer it’s citizens.

    It’s 2 largest employers are Hospitality and Leisure and Government.

  31. expensive paperback, but it looks worth while. The backroads are the only way to travel for enjoyment.

  32. when I visited Belfast more than a decade ago, everyone gave me the side eye till I started talking and they knew I wasn’t a local so they didn’t have to worry about figuring out which side I was on

  33. //How long would that take?//

    As long as you’d like it too, but not necessarily as long as you imagine maybe. Even five days is better than nothing.

    I drove with a few new friends from NY though DC to N Carolina, where we had to drop someone off. Then slowly across Tenn and Mississippi. I think we were 2 weeks on the road before we came to New Orleans. There the real fun started, as my two co-travellers decided to stay in NO and so I drove on alone into Texas, which was probably the place I liked best and stayed another two weeks. I was driving a “drive over” car, which I’d picked up in NY and had to return it to an address in Houston within a month. But by that time I was so into life on the road that I hired another car and spent weeks driving around W Texas and meeting some of the wildest and nicest people I’ve ever encountered.

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