FBI Releases Bombshell Report That Proves Trump Is Right–47gh.b63
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 to The 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. “The report shows that there was an overall increase in violent crime last year, making clear what each of us already knows: that we still have so much work to do,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said Monday in Little Rock. “Violent crime endangers lives, destroys families and paralyzes neighborhoods … In some ways, violence affects all of us — and so all of us have a responsibility to end it.”
“But the report also reminds us of the progress that we are making,” Lynch said. “It shows that in many communities, crime has remained stable or even decreased from the historic lows reported in 2014. And it is important to remember that while crime did increase overall last year, 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades.”
As Lynch and other experts note, the crime numbers — while rising — do not reach the levels seen decades ago.
In 2015, there were an estimated 372.6 violent crimes per 100,000 residents; in 1995, there were an estimated 685 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, according to the FBI’s data. The total 1.197 million violent crimes last year was the highest raw number since 2012, but it trails the 1.798 million seen in 1995, when the United States had more than 50 million fewer residents.
Last year, the murder rate was 4.9 per 100,000 residents, down from 8 per 100,000 residents in 1995. The South is the country’s most populous area, but notes that 45 percent — nearly half of all murders — occurred in that region alone.
Once again, white people were far more likely to be killed by white people and black people far more likely to be killed by black people. One in five people were killed by an acquaintance, the FBI found, and almost half of all killings involved a single victim and offender, the FBI found. Nearly 1 in 10 people killed in murders were younger than 18; more than 400 murder victims were younger than 5. 441 people were fatally shot by law enforcement officers last year in cases deemed justifiable homicides, while The Post’s database (launched in part because of incomplete federal data) found that 990 people were fatally shot by officers
In preliminary statistics released in January, the FBI reported that over the first half of 2015, violent crime was up over the same period in 2014, with more murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. For the entire year, the FBI found that along with an uptick in violent crime and murders, the country also saw more rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults in 2015 than the previous year, while property crimes, burglaries and larcenies fell.
Among all of the violent crimes reported last year, guns were part of a sizable percentage, the FBI found. Guns were used in more than 7 in 10 murders, more than 4 in 10 robberies and a quarter of all aggravated assaults.
The FBI statistics were released just hours before Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, meet for their first presidential debate. Crime and law enforcement have become major themes of this campaign, with Trump framing himself as a candidate of law and order and regularly invoking increases in homicides (particularly in Chicago, which led the country in killings last year and far outpaces any other city so far this year).
Last year, the FBI found that the estimated number of violent crimes fell in 2014, just as it did in 2013, falling very slightly from a year earlier. FBI data show, and criminologists and experts emphasize, that even though violent crime and homicides may be increasing over recent years, they still lag behind what this country saw amid the bloodshed of a quarter-century ago.
Law enforcement officials and criminologists have differed on what may be causing the increase in homicides, saying that it could stem from gang violence or drug sales and addictions.
The recent increases in crime come amid intense scrutiny on police officers and how they use deadly force, an issue that emerged as a central national debate after an officer fatally shot a teenager in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. Since then, protests has continued to crop up in cities nationwide, most recently in Charlotte, which just days ago saw violent demonstrations erupt after an officer fatally shot a man there.
This intense focus on how law enforcement uses force has caused many officers to say they feel like they are under attack, a sentiment that flared up again after a three-day span in July that saw deadly shootings of and by police officers. Comey has been among those questioning whether this increased scrutiny has played a role in the uptick in violence, asking whether it is occurring because officers are pulling back due to the negative attention. This theory is known as the “Ferguson Effect,” and in a report released this summer, criminologist Richard Rosenfeld said he believes there is a connection between the crime levels and criticism of police.
“We need more transparency and accountability in law enforcement,” Comey said in a statement accompanying the report’s release Monday. “We also need better, more informed conversations about crime and policing in this country.”
source-conservative tribune, wash post, mark berman, gallup, epix network, bill o’leary, uniform crime reporting program,