Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love. That’s what its name means, but a rose by any other name is still a rose, and a city with a severe crime problem is just a city in Joe Biden’s America.
Philadelphia isn’t the only major metro in America reeling from a mental health crisis and waves of senseless violence. The City of Angeles is hardly living up to its name regarding violent crime rates this year either.
That doesn’t mean the cities are entirely unsafe, that you are likely to face violence in your town if you live in one, or that most of the people in Philadelphia and Los Angeles aren’t full of benevolence and glad tidings most of the time.
But it does mean that society as a whole has become so unstable, has wobbled so violently around its center of gravity, that the most at-risk people in a community struggling in their own individual lives to be healthy, solid, and good people (and their victims, who are often also mentally, socially, and financially at-risk individuals) are shaking out at an appalling rate.
These are the casualties of the world-rending radical social and political engineering agenda that began by accident two years ago in an almost unbelievably perfect storm of this generation’s social peculiarities and technology evolving at breakneck speed.
And no more breathless misinformation spinning the latest coronavirus threat as an existential danger to democracy and the human species should be allowed by reasonable, peace and order-loving people to continue destabilizing our society in this way.
55-year-old Eloise Harmon’s husband shot her to death in the chest five times in South Philadelphia this week. Her family is traumatized.
The city’s mayor was quick to blame lax gun laws for the terrible milestone of 500 slain in his town this year. But that cookie-cutter, campaign trail stump speech answer is not good enough.
According to data from the CDC, the homicide rate in the U.S. increased by the most it ever has in modern history from 2019 to 2020, and over 30% increase in deadly violent crimes: “The new data show the U.S. homicide rate increased from about six homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 100,000 in 2020, according to NCHS.”
The historic surge in violence has continued in 2021. However, crime experts are quick to point out it’s not a crime wave because other categories of crime like property crime have steadily decreased it’s a violence wave, a wave of senseless acts of lethal violence.
Every individual who commits an act of violence is responsible for their actions. Still, those individuals, especially leaders and influencers others are watching to emulate who contribute to the cheapening of words, promises, and human life in this era of the great American experiment, are responsible for theirs.