Get Ready: America’s Cities Are Cracking Up

new york city wikimediaOne of the most bizarre phenomena of our time has been the dramatic fall of violent crime rates in America. I’m sure you’ve heard many reasons for this trend, which have been connected by various researchers to falling birth rates, increased incarceration rates, more efficient policing, higher gun sales, and even the proliferation of violent video games. In other words, the theories are a dime a dozen, and we have no idea why the violent crime rate has gone down for the past 20 years, or even if there is a single cause.

Unfortunately, this baffling trend may be finally coming to an end. If current murder rates hold, 2015 may end up becoming the most violent year for America in recent memory. A recent article in USA today made light of the numerous murders that our urban areas are experiencing right now, and the numbers they documented will blow your mind.

After years of declining violent crime, several major American cities experienced a dramatic surge in homicides during the first half of this year.

Milwaukee, which last year had one of its lowest annual homicide totals in city history, recorded 84 murders so far this year, more than double the 41 it tallied at the same point last year.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the mounting homicide toll in his city of 600,000 is driven by Wisconsin’s “absurdly weak” gun laws – carrying a concealed weapon without a state-issued concealed carry is a misdemeanor in the Badger State – as well a subculture within the city that affirms the use of deadly violence to achieve status and growing distrust of police in some parts of the city.

Milwaukee is not alone.

The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year.

In all the cities, the increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor and predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. In parts of Milwaukee, the sound of gunfire is so commonplace that about 80% of gunshots detected by ShotSpotter sensors aren’t even called into police by residents, Flynn said.

“We’ve got folks out there living in neighborhoods, where . . . it’s just part of the background noise,” Flynn told USA TODAY. “That’s what we’re up against.”

Much like the lower crime rates we’ve been experiencing for over 20 years, nobody is exactly sure why violence is making a comeback, or where it’s going. It could just be a temporary surge that will soon level out, or it may be the start of a whole new trend. Some have suggested that it’s being caused by tighter budgets at the local level, by it’s hard to say for sure.

Another theory suggests that this violence is being fueled by the racial tensions that were sparked in Ferguson and Baltimore. Both cities have seen a startling surge in homicides, as well as lower arrest rates, which may be due to average citizens being reluctant to talk to the police.

In any case, the presence and efforts of the police may not be having much of an effect at all. Take Chicago for instance, which experienced an incredibly violent 4th of July weekend this year, despite the number of cops who were on the streets.

The Windy City, which recorded more murders than any other municipality last year, experienced a bloody July 4 weekend in which 11 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded. One of this weekend’s victims was 7-year-old Amari Brown, who police said was struck by a bullet that was likely intended for his father, a high-ranking gang member.

The boy’s father, Antonio Brown, had 45 arrests on his rap sheet—including an April arrest on a gun charge. Brown was out on bail at the time of his son’s killing.

“If you think that putting more cops on the street would make a difference, then take a look at the fact that we put a third more manpower on the street for this weekend,” Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters at the end of the bloody holiday weekend. “What’s the result? We’re getting more guns. Well, that’s great. It’s not stopping the violence.”

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain. Just about every single municipality in America is dealing with more homicides this year than they were last year. It’s amazing that despite some of the economic problems we’ve had over the past decade, that there hasn’t been more murders, but now it looks like our seething cities are finally cracking up under the pressure of poverty and racial tensions. If you live in the an urban area, brace yourself for another crazy summer.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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Originally published July 10th, 2015
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  • BigGaySteve

    Chicongo has been faking its high numbers down for years. July 8 2015 had a triple murder at University of Maryland Baltimore but only local news picked it up.

  • jeannonkralj

    Nice article.
    “Much like the lower crime rates we’ve been experiencing for over 20
    years, nobody is exactly sure why violence is making a comeback, or
    where it’s going.”
    First, it all depends on how you define the V word.
    Second, the numbers have been cooked for decades, especially Cook county, Illinois.
    Third, the manipulated numbers are used to manipulate the next herding of the gullible masses into fighting among themselves and destroying each other.
    The “decider” in the planning and execution of all this deception hates human bodies and souls and will wipe them all out through all manner of sophisticated lies.

  • Apophasis

    If guns cause violence, then pencils cause spelling errors. Speaking of which, the plural of “phenomenon” is “phenomena”. 🙂

  • Curmudgeon_49

    When people are gainfully employed, more than half of their waking hours are taken up with activities associated with the employment: travel, work, and preparation. Gainfully employed people have to be rested in order to perform their jobs properly. Gainfully employed people have money to spend, and therefore don’t need to be involved in armed robberies. Today real unemployment rate is about 25%, if it were 5 %, the crime rate would plummet, except for the violent crime committed by invaders, who in politically correct terms are called illegal aliens.

    • jeannonkralj

      Much of what you write is true but I have a few points to consider.
      “Gainfully” is the operative term. Paying employees a living wage is what most employers have no intention of doing, much less providing insurance or other important benefits.

      Bring the unemployment rate down to 5% will not solve any problems if the mainly corporate owners of the largest employing companies lay off their employees because their profits are not what they want them to be. Or they hire foreigners here on special work visas to do the work that rightly belongs to USA citizens. Microsoft Corporation is about to eliminate over 7,000 high-quality jobs.

      Also the calculation of employment rate is a giant scam just like most if not all of the government’s statistical records. All designed to deceive. We have known that for a long time. They have to keep the house of cards standing with false numbers as long as they can to allow the big money fat cats to take the money and run before the inevitable economic collapse.

      As for “the violent crime committed by invaders, who in politically correct terms are called illegal aliens”, the same corporate paymasters raping the system and the same purchased and owned government bureaucracies have been deliberately leaving our borders wide open to let the “invaders” in. Yes, some of these people are committing violent crime, certainly, but the engineers of the our current state of breakdown and chaos choose to let in violent criminal types. Yes, we also leave the gate wide open for illegal aliens who are simply coming here to make a living, to survive, to survive personally and for the survival of their families. I think the corporate evildoers of the USA, with their NAFTA and CAFTA and GATT deliberately destroyed Mexico’s chance to sell their own agricultural products at a profit so their poor people are more poor than ever. Truth is, USA is getting very poor too and their chances of making a better life for themselves is not much better here these days. But my point is, as a Christian, I think I would bring myself and my family illegally into the USA if I were in their situation in the failed state, Mexico. It’s about the “common good” and survival.

    • Kingscairn

      “except for the violent crime committed by invaders, who in politically correct terms are called illegal aliens.’

      are you sure the illegals are responsible ‘for all violent crime” ?

      I think you’re forgetting something !

  • NHamigo

    bongo bongo bongo, I don’ wanna leave Chicongo ’cause Chicongo’s ma home.

  • disqus_q0fJBDaGHm

    How would the freaks react to a Confederate (represents honor, independence from central gov’t, bravery and patriotism to defend their homeland) flag in rainbow colors?

  • So CAL Snowman

    “In all the cities, the increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor and predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods”

    That’s probably because the violence is being perpetrated by africans and latinos. The insane amount of double think and inability to pin the blame on the people responsible for the violence in this country is staggering. Note the passive tense of the above sentence – violence just happens to impact africans and latinos with no cause save the wind was strong that day and it blew the violence into their neighborhoods.

    • JSS

      Indeed Snowman it’s one the greatest mysteries of our time why violence follows poor africans and hispanics no matter where they go. Whether its mogadishu or detroit, mexico city or LA those poor people can never out run violence. Personally I blame the Confederate flag and Christopher Columbus for this unfortunate state of affairs.

      • Eileen Kuch

        Snowman has it right, JSS; it’s the Africans and Latinos who’ve been perpetrating the violence; and, no amount of double think and inability to pin the blame squarely on those responsible in this nation is, indeed, staggering. Just note the passive tense of this sentence: “In all the cities, the increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor and predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods.” Violence just happens to impact Africans and Latinos with no cause save the wind was strong that day and it blew the violence into their neighborhoods.
        There are poor Caucasians living in cities as well, JSS; but, do you see or hear of them committing all of this violence? Of course not; they (and Asians) have the lowest crime rates, especially, violent crime rates.

      • Kingscairn

        It’s called ‘ genetically forgotten and obsolete ‘ !

    • Kingscairn

      The nazi offspring (Marxo Fascists) of this nation will never (incapable of truth) blame, what to all mentally healthy and aware Americans is – the obvious !

      • So CAL Snowman

        I think you have that a little scrambled my friend. The Marxist Bolsheviks are running this country, NOT the National Socialists. National Socialism would never permit what is happening in the Former United States of America. Although what we see in the Former United States today is a type of fascism, it’s not even remotely similar to the fascism practiced by the glorious 3rd Reich.

      • Kingscairn

        thanks for the lesson !

  • James Wentz

    Why not face the truth, of course that is against the Jew controlled media’s agenda. The vast majority of the problems are coming from blacks! The USA doesn’t need gun control, it needs NI99ER CONTROL!

  • Kingscairn

    Patriots (Right Wing), get together with those you know and trust in your neighborhoods, learn the weak points of entry, best ambush points, prepare, map, live drill if you can, ammo ammo ammo, simple communications equip, stay or get smart, can’t afford to act stupid, unprepared or to trusting – loose lips sink ships !
    just do it ..
    it’s time ..

  • GLRose

    I thought US GI’s killed roughly 1,000,000 Iraqi’s not long ago (for a paycheck). I think officials said it was in national security (selfish) interests so it was all perfectly legal. Moral of the story – if you want to kill someone, Become a govt. official with and endless supply of hired fools to do your dirty work = 0 murders.

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