Murders across the nation are up by 30%, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics — the largest increase since national records began tracking that data in 1960.
President Joe Biden poured trillions of dollars into COVID-19 relief this year — all while 21,570 people were murdered in his streets. But the president still maintains that battling the pandemic is “the single most important issue of [his] presidency.” Murder rates bagan increasing in the summer of 2020, around the same time that thousands of people began marching in the streets, protesting outside police stations, pillaging and burning businesses — all in the name of social justice. These months are now referred to as “the summer of rage.”
The George Floyd case catalyzed mayhem on the streets of large metropolitan areas, specifically New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Chicago. These cities pushed anti-police propaganda, demanding to “defund the police.”
In step with these riots, progressive prosecutors demanded leniency and no bail requirements for criminals. Thousands of dangerous criminals were released to roam the unstable streets of America. To justify these harsh demands, many emphasized the supposed necessary and drastic steps needed to avert systemic racism in America.
However, tragically, minority communities are suffering disportionality with this increase in crime and murders. While blacks account for less than 15% of the population, 55% of the murder victims in 2020 were black.
These statistics show that removing police funding and support did not solve the problem; in fact, it amplified it. Police officers are forced to do their jobs, while facing unfair blame for the alleged racial divide in America. Many officers have decided it’s not worth it. In Seattle, police resignations quadrupled and retirements doubled in 2020 alone. This shortage in the police force led to slower response time and more crime.
Ultimately, the “defund the police” cry increased injustice throughout America: both against our police force and on the streets.
Even as people are being killed at higher numbers across the nation, our government has turned its full attention to the pandemic, and placed full trust that the COVID-19 vaccine would lead to our “return to normal.” In September, Biden announced that vaccines would be mandated for all businesses employing more than 100 employees. If individuals refuse the vaccine, they must submit themselves to weekly tests. Companies that do not comply will face thousands of dollars in fines per employee. In his address to the nation, Biden said, “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”
So, as criminals are released with no bail requirement, companies whose employees decide to exercise their own liberties and not get the vaccine will be fined.
According to our president, these individuals will “cost us all,” but he says nothing about the cost of the 30% murder spike, the increase in crime, and hatred towards our police. Where is the national address on that?
We desire a “return to normal” and our government answers by forcing the vaccine. This is not normal. What about the once-held normal of peace and protection on our streets? Why is the government not discussing this? As a nation, we must redirect our focus. As citizens, we must exercise the freedom of individual choice and demand safety in our nation.