Is It Ever Safe? - What are some of our cities turning into?
Each day on the news, we hear of more looting, shootings, innocent people being attacked on the streets, and a host of other crimes. People taking over neighborhoods living on the streets, drugs near schools, and much more. Maybe I am not as much of a realist as I should be. Whether a person's preference is to be a Democrat or Republican, who in their right mind, regardless of their political affiliation, could stand by and allow this type of criminal activity to continue, let alone continue to get worse. However, the data does show this is more prevalent in blue states than red states. For example, crime in California and New York is way up and showing no signs of getting better.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Prosecutors are NOT prosecuting these criminals as they should. As a result, our justice system is failing the citizens.
Therefore, what are some of our cities turning into? Decades ago, a store owner's biggest theft problem was the little kid sticking their hands in the candy jars on display. Today, looters walk into stores, take what they want, and walk out. Major store chains are closing early, NOT to be open at night. Some have closed their businesses in some areas. Has it turned into a battlefield?
With all of this going on, many wonder why people are carrying guns and taking the law into their own hands to defend themselves. Just look at that innocent bystander a few weeks back in New York. He was minding his own business and got sucker punched from behind. He fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement, and sustained a severe head injury. The prosecutor reduces the charges, and he is released on a misdemeanor charge. Are you friggin kidding me? The governor, whether due to public outrage or not, steps in to have him arrested on a different charge. A parole violation to get him off the streets. In this writer's opinion, that attack was deliberate and should be viewed as attempted murder or at least another felony charge. Who in their right minds would put this man back on the streets?
No criminal will fear committing a criminal act if they do not fear the consequences of their actions or if those consequences are minor. Simply put, our justice system is failing the citizens of this country. It is NOT the fault of the individual police officers, sheriffs, FBI agents, or other law enforcement officers. It's the fault of their leaders and our leaders. The people in charge make the policies. That is where the problem begins and ends.
Anyone who has lived for several years knows that decades ago when the penalties for particular crimes were more severe and mandated sentences for certain types of crimes existed, there were fewer of those types of crimes. In any society, more crime will occur when the price to pay for a severe crime is minor. Today's society is living proof of that. The term "career criminal" is accurate. There are those that no matter what, will continue to commit crimes. Catch and release only means released to commit another crime. No bail laws have made it easy for criminals to return to the streets and commit another crime. Check out this data from TECH JURY.
In 2020, statistics showed that the U.S. releases over 7 million people from jail and more than 600,00 people from prison each year. However, recidivism is common. Within three years of their release, 2 out of 3 people are rearrested, and more than 50% are incarcerated again. Check out this LINK.
That was in 2020, when things were not as bad as they are today. I am sure those numbers are even worse. The bottom line is, THE PRESENT POLICIES ARE NOT WORKING, AND WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE NOT PUTTING A STOP TO IT.
November is coming, friends. That is when our voices can be heard, and we can put into office those who will take a stand against crime and the present broken justice system and those who make these ridiculous policies and believe in supporting law and order. All of which results in your safety.
WE HAVE THE POWER:
We have the power to control our safety and, to some degree, our destiny. We do this by deciding who we place in political office: meaning our Governors, representatives in Congress, and the Senate. Now, let me take a moment to offer my opinion. We all know the two major political parties are Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are traditionally liberal, and Republicans are conservative. I have no use for extreme thinkers on either side of the aisle. Anything to the extreme NEVER works in any context and is usually anti-productive.
I've said this before. I enjoy watching Fox News. Particularly "THE FIVE." Yes, we all know that FOX NEWS is a conservative media station. However, it is a fair conservative station. Let me use "THE FIVE" as an example; I've seen hosts such as Bret Baier, Jessie Waters, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram, Dana Perino, Tucker Carlson, and Shannon Bream do the same. Although at times crude and to the point, which I like, Greg Gutfeld. Neil Cavuto and other hosts are equally good. Meaning they will have a panel of guests on their shows representing both the left and right views on a topic. That offers us the opportunity to hear both sides. However, "THE FIVE" has a regular daily panel that mixes Democrats and Republicans.