California's tough gun laws have failed to stop the rising violent crimes in the state's largest city. Los Angeles violent crime has already exceeded last year's tally with 40 homicides, according to the city's Police Chief Michel Moore. Violent crimes in South Los Angeles claimed four lives and left about 20 others wounded in less than a week.
Moore also pointed out that the violence also affected some of the youngest and most innocent LA residents. According to this year’s data quoted by the police chief, 40 victims were minors, with nine of them being under the age of 10 years.
“This is a pace of shooting and violence that we’ve not seen in years,” Moore said. “I fear, given the velocity, where is the lid on this?”
Moore, who was accompanied by community leaders, blamed COVID-19 for the rise in crime. He asked the city council to invest in the police, whose budget was slashed following the nationwide calls to defund the police.
Bishop Grover Durham, who accompanied the police chief, demanded a ceasefire to end the pointless loss of lives. Other leaders present urged LA residents to report criminals without fear.
“It’s not going to take only the LAPD to help. It’s going to take you the community,” said city councilmember Joe Buscaino, who was a former police officer. “Come forward if you have information on these knuckleheads who are terrorizing our community.”
A small section of the city has recorded most of the homicides reported in the City of Angels. Deputy Chief Regina Scott pointed out that 45% of the shootings and 39% of the homicides took place within a 59-square-mile area of the city. Twelve percent (12%) of LA's population lives within that area.
While some of the slain youths were involved in gang activities, many others were caught up in the crossfire. Scott added that many more residents were shot at but escaped unhurt.
California has the worst combination of factors contributing to the rise in crimes. The Liberal city council focuses on undermining the LAPD, while the state government's solution is enacting more gun control.
Both solutions will ensure that LA residents continue to live at the mercy of the armed criminals. Interventions like these are the reason that Liberal cities will remain the top most dangerous cities to live in.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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