Commentary: Will Democrats receive an anti-crime wake-up call?

How much blood can be shed to appease pro-violence organizations like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and faux “justice“ groups before Democrats receive the message?

President Biden discusses his "gun crime prevention strategy" at a Wednesday press conference. (White House/YouTube)

With the usual summer upswing in violent crime commencing, President Joe Biden is facing a killing spree on pace to surpass the massive level of 2020 violence.

As the White House focuses on COVID-19 — along with confiscating trillions of taxpayer dollars to spend on social-welfare programs and assorted partisan nonsense — the violence, like the ongoing border crisis, presents several challenges for administration officials.

How much blood can be shed to appease pro-violence organizations like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and faux “justice“ groups before Democrats receive the message?

Crime is spiking across the country. The homicide rate rose by 25 percent in 2020, as the United States surpassed 20,000 murders for the first time in a quarter century. Homicides in the first quarter of 2021 were 24 percent higher than the same period in 2020, and the Star Tribune reported last week that Minneapolis gunshot victims already rose nearly 90 percent compared to the first half of 2020.

Concern among Democrat voters echoes from coast to coast.

Los Angelinos already hope to recall their radical district attorney, who’s only been in office a few months.

In New York City, where Republicans almost cease to exist, rising crime dominated the mayoral race, with polls showing violence as the top issue for voters. Eric Adams triumphed by framing his candidacy as a former police officer focused on public safety.

“I’m not running just to be the mayor, I’m running to save my city,” Adams said.

Other mayors around the country are begging the White House for help, but in his mainly asinine speech Wednesday, Biden instead announced a crackdown on “illegal gun sales” and made various debunked claims about firearms.

“The real target should be criminals committing acts of violence,” Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News after the speech. “This is the inevitable consequence of trying to implement crazy, nonsensical ideas. The ideas these people have are nuts, and when you elect them, it almost encourages and incentivizes these terrible outcomes.”

Even left-leaning columnists note that anti-police sentiment could sink Democrats in next year’s midterms.

Tom Friedman recently explained to his insular readers, “Big swaths of my old hometown, Minneapolis, have been turned into a dangerous and dystopian ghost city, racked by gun violence, since the police murder of George Floyd. The defund battle cry initially guided the super-progressive Minneapolis City Council, and it has diminished and demoralized the police force, leaving behind a department that is often either unable or unwilling to risk getting embroiled in any kind of confrontation.”

Tammy Bruce saw this agenda as a community organizer decades ago.

“Ironically, the more chaos exists, the less the average citizen feels safe and the more they rely on government,” the conservative commentator wrote this week. “The policies Democrats pursue in cities they control are exactly what they want to inflict on the entire country. Many people wrongly believe that once politicians see a policy failing they will reverse it, they will change course because who would want American cities to become raging dumpster fires of misery? The Democrats and leftists who control them.”

Yet White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “feels a great deal of the crime we’re seeing is a result of gun violence.”

Gun control laws only impact law-abiding citizens, since criminals ignore them. Meanwhile sexual assault, stabbings, carjackings, and other crimes that don’t involve shooting are also up.

“Proactive policing is dead, and even reactive policing is on life support,” a Seattle police officer told Alpha News. “Cops are in fear of going to jail if they have to use force. We cannot use a chokehold in any circumstance, even if it’s life or death. Despite what the media says, chokeholds are safe and frequently used in jujutsu with zero fatalities.”

Once upon a time, Biden had a tough-on-crime approach. His now-famous 1994 crime bill placed more cops on the streets with tougher sentencing guidelines. But because Democrats have become so anti-police, he could not promote this effort during the 2020 primaries.

“I just hope that he’ll channel the Joe Biden of the 80s and 90s and let’s roll up our sleeves and go after these criminals,” Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, said.

Based on the 2021 version of Biden, who can’t even mention the word “criminal,” don’t bet on it.


A.J. Kaufman

A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.