Despite what you have likely been hearing from the mainstream media, violent crime rates have been decreasing overall in the United States over the last several years. Yes, it’s true, despite the media’s best efforts to scare the daylights out of you with their “If it bleeds, it leads (as in: It’s the lead story)” philosophy, America is actually, overall, less dangerous.
Or, at least, that was the case.
Unfortunately, murder rates saw a jump last year. The New York Times writes,
“Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.
“The findings confirm a trend that was tracked recently in a study published by the National Institute of Justice. ‘The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,’ wrote the study’s author, Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who explored homicide data in 56 large American cities.
“In the Times analysis, half of the increase came from just seven cities — Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington.”
A good question to ask is why we’re seeing this increase, and The New York Times trotted out the standard fair of poverty and drug use. But one especially interesting reason that they pointed out is “lack of aggressive policing in the wake of protests related to ‘high-profile police killings of African-Americans.'” To put this into clearer, everyday language: Black Lives Matter protests have caused police to back off (which was their intent), but the effect of police backing off and being less aggressive is that more murders are occurring.
Note, the spike in murders are in cities like Baltimore and Washington (and politically liberal stronghold Chicago) which have a reputation for having large African-American populations. In other words, it is very likely that Blacks Lives Matter protests are causing more African-Americans to be murdered in non-police related incidents.
Another thing to note about these statistics is that the jumps are in urban areas. To be fair, the study may only be highlighting urban areas, so we may not have a comparison to rural areas on this issue. But it also may simply be that it is safer (at least as far as murder rates go) to live outside of a city. Frankly, I think the second is true regardless of whether the study reviewed murder statistics in rural areas.
Your best course of action: I’d recommend that you get to work on your homesteading skills and get ready to live away from cities. You’ll likely be safer, happier (more fresh air and outdoor time), and better prepared when a SHTF situation happens.
What do you think is the cause of this spike in murders and what are your plans to deal with it? Tell us below.