The number of Homicides in the city of Los Angeles will hit a ten-year record high, according to LA Police Chief Michael Moore. The city expects more than 300 homicides this year, having already recorded 266 slayings so far. This year's figure already exceeded 253, which was the number of murders recorded for the entire 2019. The last time LA recorded more than 300 homicides was in 2009.
The increase in homicides is concentrated in some areas of the city, always targeted by violent gangs. South LA recorded a 50% increase in deaths, more than any other part of the city. Nonfatal crime also went up by 21% for the entire city.
The LAPD blames the rise in homicides on the COVID-19 crisis that restricted people's movement. The nationwide Black Lives Matter protests originating from the death of George Floyd was also to blame, according to the police chief. Coincidently, Los Angeles City Council voted to slash $150 million from the police budget, a move that will greatly affect police operations.
Other cities have implemented similar measures where the funds were to be diverted towards social services. However, this strategy leaves the police without the necessary resources to patrol crime hotspots such as Southside LA.
Like other liberal cities, LA has also failed to pass stricter laws for career criminals, who end up back on the streets after an easy day in court. Decades of gun control have also failed to tackle gun violence in the Democrat-controlled city. A New York Times projection showed that Democrat-controlled cities would occupy the top 18 positions of the cities with the highest numbers of homicides. With their current strategies, it is unlikely that the security situation would improve in these liberal cities.
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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