Dems have ceded the issue of recent spike in crime rates to the GOP MAGA party. GOP MAGA candidates like Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania are winning points on this issue.
GOP MAGA candidates for elected office in November 2022 are relying on the misleading entrenched popular belief that crime rates are up mostly in highly populated cities in blue states while the red state cities are much safer. What’s sad is that this perception is not based on reality.
Consider the following scenario. During a 10/19/2022 debate, a Dem candidate vying for the Oklahoma governorship, Joy Hofmeister challenged the above perception by arguing how the rates of violent crime are higher in the State of Oklahoma under long term GOP MAGA supervision than in New York or California.
Both the audience and GOP MAGA Governor Kevin Stitt vocally and openly scoffed at her claim. Her assertion was not affirmed in real time by an independent fact checker.
This settled image by voters across the board, of crime rates being higher in blue states versus red states is patently and provably false and it cannot go unchallenged. According to a 2021 Gallop poll, 51% of American adults think crime in their community is higher than in 2020, a significant jump from the previous year’s survey. I’m betting that this rate is even higher in 2022.
Why aren’t the Dem creating ads to pound the air waves to set this record straight?
It’s true that crime rates have risen dramatically in large, heavily populated cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, etc., which are located in blue states, but what’s omitted is that this reality is also a fact of life in red state cities. This narrative has been trumped up repeatedly, not only on right wing media outlets like Fox News TV but also on mainstream news outlets like CNN and The NY Times.
Meanwhile, residents living in these cities are suffering from real angst over this feeling of being unsafe and they’ll be voting, accordingly.
What news outlets have failed to point out to potential voters is that the increased crime rates in red states with its cities (led by GOP MAGA party) are much higher than in blue states even with its larger cities (states led by democratic party elected leaders).
As per the 3/15/2022 Thirdway.org report, “The Red State Murder Problem:”
“The current narrative around crime and murder is convenient and wrong. The data clearly paint a different story. The increase in murders is not a liberal cities problem but a national problem. Murder rates are actually higher in Republican, Trump-voting states that haven’t even flirted with ideas like defund the police. A more accurate conclusion from the data is that Republicans do a far better job blaming others for high murder rates than actually reducing high murder rates.”
GOP MAGA pundits have oversimplified the increase in violent crime in the USA by mostly tying this problem to the culture war issue about how Dems have failed to control the influx of immigrants via the US southern border.
GOP MAGA leaders have avoided the discussion of other contributing factors to rising crime statistics like how there’s an increase in mental illness among Americans post COVID pandemic, or how many Americans have developed an addiction to pain killers trafficked by “big pharma,” or how GOP MAGA leaders have uttered and or tolerated hate speech to where there’s an increase in hate crimes against minority populations, and finally, how it is that many more folks residing in southern red states suffer from higher poverty rates than those living in blue states. The axiom attributed to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180AD), that “poverty is the mother of crime” is as true today as it was in Roman times.
Don’t forget that while many GOP MAGA elected officials want to claim the anti-crime mantel, they are the same ones who continue to support the defeated former US president who has openly incited violence on numerous instances, the most memorable being his call to an insurrection against our US capitol on 1/6/2021, putting our US democracy in the line of fire.
As the GOP MAGAs successfully sensationalize the myth of US rising crime rates in mostly blue states, in order to weaponize this misleading data to clobber Dems in the 2022 elections, any attempts to fix this complex problem of rising crime rates on multiple fronts with a timely bipartisan comprehensive plan, based on facts, science, credible study results, and criminal experts, isn’t possible because GOP MAGA candidates plan on winning in November 2022 by talking frequently about the issue of rising crime rates.
Here’s the rest of the story…
As per my previous blog, the 2019-2022 increased rate of homicides by gun violence from 25% to 35% contributes significantly to the recent spike in overall US crime rate statistics. Much of the increase in homicide rates by guns can be blamed on the explosion in gun sales over the past couple of years. There are simply too many guns in the streets with too many red states refusing to enact sensible gun ownership restrictions/ laws.
GOP MAGA politicians love to spout their talking point that cities run by Democrats have been experiencing crime wave increases caused by failed governance, but a recent study shows murder rates are actually higher in states and cities controlled by Republicans,” as per Yahoo News .
The study reports that murder rates in the 25 states Donald Trump carried in 2020 have 40% higher overall crime rate statistics than in the states Joe Biden won.
Many states led by GOP MAGA elected officials have the worst murder rates — like Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, and Arkansas but they aren’t urban. Only 2 of the top 100 cities in population are located in these high murder rate states. (These are also the GOP MAGA led states with higher-than-average poverty rates.)
See: Crime Rate by State 2022 – worldpopulationreview.comworldpopulationreview.com
As per a 5/26/2022 CNN report, “States with the most gun violence share one trait “ by Zachary B. Wolf :
“The indisputable fact is that where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.”
- Mississippi — 28.6.
- Louisiana — 26.3.
- Wyoming — 25.9.
- Missouri — 23.9.
- Alabama — 23.6.
- Alaska — 23.5.
- Mississippi — 50% of adults live in a household with a gun.
- Louisiana — 48%.
- Wyoming — 59%.
- Missouri — 48%.
- Alabama — 50%.
- Alaska — 59%.
- Hawaii — 3.4 (8% of adults live in a household with a gun).
- Massachusetts — 3.7 (10%).
- New Jersey — 5 (8%).
- Rhode Island — 5.1 (11%).
- New York — 5.3 (14%).
- Jackson, Mississippi — 69 gun homicides per 100,000 people.
- Gary, Indiana — 64.
- St. Louis — 50.
- New Orleans — 48.
- Memphis, Tennessee — 47.