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Stop the Violence Now
2020-07-22

            From our perch here in our "four county corner of the Commonwealth" we can only relate to what we see and read in the news reports.

            It doesn't seem realistic – but it is.

            Crime is surging, and shootings and murders have increased in many of our large cities.  The numbers are staggering. 

            Back in March, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a sudden crime decline across most cities.  Experts suggested it was probably due to the growing number of stay-at-home orders that were issued in more than 20 states that eventually covered a majority of Americans.

            Now we are met with record-breaking crime and murder numbers in major cities; numbers that are in excess of 100 percent in some cases, during the same time period last year.

            In Chicago alone, a total of 203 children (victims 17 and under) have been shot, including 35 fatally since January 1 of this year.  Homicides in that city rose 48% through July 12, with 385 killings compared to 260 at the same date in 2019, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

            On Tuesday night, protestors in Portland barricaded Federal officers in the courthouse they were protecting, then tried to light the building on fire.  If an officer was killed would the perpetrator be charges with first-degree-murder?  Probably not.

            This is madness.

            The mayors of our cities in distress must quickly develop, communicate, and implement their plan to address the situations in that city.  And, it must be done soon to keep the violence from spreading.  There are residents in those cities who deserve the same protection they are giving those who impose violence in the city.

            They don't want Federal intervention in their cities and that's their call.  But, what is your plan?  What is your action?  How will you stop the explosion of crimes and murders?

            We are trying to deal with a nationwide pandemic and the violence is making it hard to do.  It is also adding to the fear and frustration of many people across the country.

            It is hard to tacitly endorse violence and lawbreaking as legitimate forms of protest.

            Yes – it is an election year.  There a many, many voters who don't live in one of those burning cities but are afraid that their town may be next.

            Mayors - stop the violence now.


 

 

 

 

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