During the first presidential debate Monday night, GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton clashed over how to handle violent crime in our communities.
Trump contended that statistics showed an increase in violent crime and that our elected officials should stop cutting the legs out from under police officers and just let them do their jobs.
Clinton and her left-wing team “fact-checked” the statistics, claiming that Trump was wrong about the increase in crime — but an FBI report released Monday showed that Trump was correct.
The FBI found that homicides in the United States went up by more than 10 percent in 2015 when compared to the year prior, while all “violent crime” had increased by nearly 4 percent in the same period, according toThe Washington Post.
In fact the 2015 numbers reflected the highest estimated violent crime rate in three years, the report explained.
While Clinton may be correct that crime rates were higher in prior decades, it doesn’t change the fact that we have experienced a recent surge in violent crime in recent years — a surge that must be effectively addressed by the next wave of leadership in Washington, mostly by getting federal bureaucrats off the backs of local law enforcement personnel.
FBI Director James B. Comey said the fact that crime was far lower than during the late 1980s and early 1990s was of “little comfort” to him.
“Something people say to me, ‘Well, the increases are off of historic lows,’” Comey explained. “How does that make any of us feel any better? I mean, a whole lot more people are dying this year than last year, and last year than the year before, and I don’t know why for sure.”
Perhaps it’s because, as Trump argued during the debate, liberal politicians and activists have made it harder for police officers to do their jobs and stop violent criminals.
Furthermore, a large percentage of these violent crimes take place in cities that have the nation’s strictest gun control measures.
The Brennan Center for Justice, a law and policy institute, recently found that Chicago has accounted for nearly half –yes, half — of the total spike in the nation’s homicides since last year, according to The Post.
The Center found that Chicago, Washington and Baltimore were responsible for most of the increase in homicides in 2015.
Unsurprisingly to those of us who understand that lawful gun owners can play a vital role in minimizing homicides and other violent crime, these cities make it highly difficult for law-abiding citizens to own firearms — which of course does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
The truth is that the liberal policies of President Barack Obama and company, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have done nothing except exacerbate the problems in cities where violent crime has ravaged communities.
We need a president who will respect our law enforcement, promote lawful gun ownership and encourage law and order across the nation.
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