The United States government is in the process of creating “perfect storm” conditions that will increase the amount of violent crime across the country. More than any other factor, government policies are creating a more dangerous America while at the same time making it more difficult for law abiding citizens to protect themselves. In other words, the crap is hitting the fan.
A recent example comes from the City of San Bernardino’s City Attorney, James Penman. In response to questions about why San Bernardino has a crime rate twice the national average for a city its size while employing a police force less than half the size of cities with comparable levels of violent crime, he told citizens at a community meeting in November to “Go home, lock your doors, and load your guns.” After considerable backlash in the press, Penman followed up his remarks in a recent interview:
“I can understand how people who don’t live or work in the City of San Bernardino and don’t hear the sirens every night, the gun shots, the helicopters overhead, as many San Bernardino residents do, might not understand the significance when you have people being killed in their homes.”
“We need to stop giving people false hope. We have to start encouraging people to protect themselves. The situation is that bad in San Bernardino.”
Why blame the federal government for violent crime in San Bernardino and elsewhere? It’s easy to connect the dots. Here are just a few of the federal policies that are encouraging violent crime in America:
- Amnesty for illegal aliens. A City of San Diego police chief once estimated that 75% of street crime in that city is committed by illegal aliens. Yet the federal government refuses to enforce existing immigration laws and control the most dangerous border crossing areas.
- Push for restrictions on individual ownership of certain types of weapons. In other words, gun control advocates want to ban weapons that afford individual citizens the best protection.
- Expansion of the welfare state. The number of households receiving government assistance has exploded in the past four years. But government assistance does two things: 1) provides income without work, affording recipients plenty of free time to get into trouble, 2) provides minimum subsistence that is often supplemented through criminal activity, especially in the days prior to receiving the next payment.1
- Uncontrolled voter fraud. Voter fraud has been around since the founding of the nation, but now it’s out of control. The current administration refuses to investigate precincts where votes counted are 120% or more of registered voters, where poll workers were documented illegally influencing votes, or where GOP candidates received no votes despite a good percentage of registered Republicans in the area. The federal government has also taken no action to ensure that members of the Armed Forces serving overseas are guaranteed ballots and that those ballots are counted. Election results no longer reflect the will of the people, thereby making the entire process a farce and any leaders selected by it illegitimate.
The list goes on to create a lawless environment in which violent crime is encouraged because of the government’s lack of action to discourage it. Criminals are emboldened by government policies that appear to actually encourage crime. Until the current administration changes its policies, which is unlikely, or subsequent administrations put new policies in place to safeguard neighborhoods and businesses, America has no choice but to lock its doors and load its guns.
The crap has hit the fan.
1 “Welfare Payments, Liquidity and Crime” Foley, Fritz (Associate Professor, Harvard Business School). VoxEU. http://www.voxeu.org/article/welfare-payments-and-crime