The Patriot Post® · Democrat Murder Capitals

By Emmy Griffin ·

This topic is truly sad. Murder is the horrific act of stealing life. Its effects are scarring to families and communities. As long as there is sin in this world, there will be murder. But the willful policies that Democrats have put in place in their cities are encouraging this particular type of crime to fester and grow.

According to Crime Analytics, a website that keeps track of crime statistics, the cities with populations of 200,000 or more with the most murders per capita are New Orleans, Baltimore, Birmingham, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland.

Of the top 31 cities cited by Crime Analytics, only four are run by Republican mayors. That means that about 87% of the murder capitals are run by Democrats. (The percentages should be even more polarized because Las Vegas’s mayor was originally a Democrat who changed parties because the wokesters left him behind. And, really, should Virginia Beach even count?) Mind you, this murder rate is only per capita. Unsurprisingly, the city with the most murders overall is Chicago. This is a major factor in so many businesses — and sports teams — leaving that city.

What does this all point to? It’s what we have been talking about again and again — Democrat-run cities, especially those that are more in the progressive “woke” camp, champion policies that encourage crime, not dissuade it.

How do they do this? They have in large part verbally denounced their law enforcement and/or fiscally handicapped them. Mayors like London Breed of San Francisco were big proponents of the “defund police” movement, which got a lot of traction after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a few reckless police. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defunded the Chicago police force in 2020, only to quickly realize what a huge mistake that was. She refunded it in 2021.

Vilifying police both by word and deed has also led to a decrease in recruitment numbers. After all, who in their right mind would put their life on the line for a community led by these voices that tell them they are racists and corrupt to the core?

Where you have Democrat mayors you also have Democrat district attorneys who are what infamous socialist billionaire George Soros calls “reform-minded.” That means these prosecutors are uninterested in going after criminals and bringing justice to victims. They are, however, interested in upending the law enforcement system that they see as systemically racist. It’s worth pointing out that the vast majority of these Democrat mayors are black. If there was systemic racism, would they even have been elected?

The surging crime and horrific loss of life at the hands of murderers is a tragic consequence both of sin but also of removing deterrents and boundaries in the law — largely thanks to poor governance. This particular data set is an indictment of those policies and the tragic consequences on their communities.