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ALONG with managing the economy, which in the current administration has been particularly disastrous, and the education of our children, from which Biden and the Democrats have decided to ban parents, the safety of our neighborhoods is of the utmost importance. It is evident that, as in the other two issues, this government has failed to fulfill one of its basic responsibilities, which is to guarantee the security of its citizens. This week, Biden was in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a state that like so many others in the country, especially those governed by Democrats, is experiencing a sharp increase in its crime rates, as a result of the enthronement of far-left policies.
And it is that Biden has not had the courage to confront the radicals of his own party who have promoted the initiative to defund police departments throughout the country, in order to impose their weak agenda with crime, leaving citizens at the mercy of the consequences. Only last weekend 14 people were shot by firearms and four of them died. Most Pennsylvanians do not identify with the policies of Biden and the radical Democrats. Only 37 percent of them approve of Biden’s performance in the White House.
That’s due in large part to the fact that John Fetterman, the state’s current lieutenant governor and candidate for the United States Senate, and the other Democrats in the Pennsylvania government have allowed crime to run rampant in the state’s major cities. In 2001, in Philadelphia, governed by Democrats, the record for homicides reached 560 people killed violently, and this year, that macabre record will be widely surpassed, because at this moment the authorities register more than 1,400 people victims of attacks with firearms. fire. The city has also seen a significant increase in the number of armed robberies, of more than 60 percent, and of robberies in retail stores, of 50 percent.
Unfortunately, Fetterman is not alone and if it rains in Pennsylvania, it pours in Georgia. The weak anti-crime policies of Biden and the Democrats are supported by Raphael Warnock, who is also making his state of Georgia less safe. Warnock worked to dismantle part of the Atlanta prison system, supports ending cash bail, and has a supports from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has called for supports and linked law enforcement with “slave patrols.”
In at least six major U.S. cities, all of which are run by Democrats, violent crime is set to exceed the historic levels of 2021. New York City has seen the largest increase in violent crime among these cities, with an increase of more than 40% compared to last year. In Los Angeles, murders are trending to top the 15-year record set last year, while shootings have soared 69% since 2020. Robberies and property crime have also risen sharply. Vehicle theft increased 88% in Washington and 31% in New Jersey in the first three months of 2022 alone. In San Francisco, a wave of break-and-grab has gripped the city. Biden’s open border policies are fueling a wave of drug-related crime across the United States. Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45, during Biden’s tenure.
Democrats have repeatedly called for the police to be defunded and have achieved this by cutting money from police budgets. Then the Democrats themselves try to evade responsibility for the rise in crime even though their own far-left policies are to blame. As Democrats push to defund the police that protect our communities, without even trying to hide it, they beef up their own private security to protect themselves. An example of this is Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who paid more than $1.2 million to a private security company last year, while simultaneously supporting the movement to defund the police.
Biden has found it very comfortable not to confront the hardliners in his own party who pushed for police defunding and instead has surrounded himself with an administration packed with pro-police defunding activists. Among them is Kamala Harris, his vice president, who supports “restructuring” the police, saying putting “more police on the streets” is not the way to make communities safer.
Police departments are struggling titanically to combat both underfunding and disrespect as they conscientiously strive to do their duty. But in addition to funding cuts and declining respect, as crime rises, so do attacks on men and women in uniform. In Biden’s first year in office, ambush-type attacks on law enforcement increased 115%. This trend has continued this year, with 141 officers shot and 27 ambush-type attacks during the first six months of 2022. Police departments across the country are seeing historic drops in hiring, as police officers are fed up with the lack of support.
Polls consistently show that the American people are fed up with Democratic policies of weakness in the face of crime. In a CBS News poll, 61% of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of crime fighting. A Washington Post-ABC poll found that Republicans have a 12-point lead on the issue of reducing crime.
Jaime Florez is the Hispanic Communications Director - Republican National Committe. Public Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing Executive with extensive experience in politics, international trade, publishing, and mass media // Jaime Florez es Director de Comunicaciones Hispanas - Comité Nacional Republicano. Ejecutivo de Relaciones Públicas, Asuntos Públicos, Comunicaciones y Marketing con amplia experiencia en política, comercio internacional, publicaciones y medios de comunicación.