Attorney General Jeff Sessions encouraged cities to utilize decades-old strategies to fight violent crime, focusing on the aggressive prosecution of gun offenses under federal laws, instead of weaker state statutes.
San Bernardino, Calif., location of the deadly terrorist attack late last year that killed 14, is experiencing a sharp jump in violent crime this year, leaving city and law enforcement officials wondering why.
Annually, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes national data on the prevalence of crimes of all types. Recently, the FBI’s “2018 Crime Statistics” revealed that, yet again, violent crime in America has declined.
According to an FBI crime report, there was a rise in violent crime last year nationwide. Unsurprisingly, some of the largest increases were in cities with strict gun control laws, including Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore.
Amid rising violent crime rates and fears about the outcome of the upcoming elections, gun owners in New York are applying for pistol permits in record numbers.
The city of New Orleans—in the grip of rising violent crime that’s seen more than 100 wounded and 32 murdered by gunfire this year, per police data collected by The Times-Pacayune—is taking action. “We’re going to take the fight to the bad guys instead of waiting for the bad guys,” Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told Nola.com.
If we want people to know the truth about violent crimes and the inverse relationship between the numbers of firearms compared to violent-crime rates, we must tell our fellow citizens ourselves.