Homelessness in America is a national embarrassment.  Needles in the streets, people urinating & defecating on sidewalks and disease-carrying rodent infestations do not benefit society,  And the American cities with the largest homeless populations are New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Jose, Phoenix, Boston and Philadelphia.  Interestingly, 90% of the elected officials in these cities are democrats.   If you doubt that, see the attached links.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/12/20/the-u-s-cities-with-the-most-homeless-people-in-2018-infographic/#3644f8941178
https://council.nyc.gov https://www.bing.com/search?q=los+angeles+city+council+members+list&qs=HS&pq=los+ang&sc=8-7&cvid=C3F3DD1B3D1047538E0AD265E5EBB80E&FORM=QBLH&sp=1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_City_Council https://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil https://www.google.com/search?ei=jKJeXe_OO4nQtAWzjpboCw&q=how+many+san+jose+city+council+members+are+democrats&oq=how+man+san+jose+city+council+members+are+dem&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.33i299l3j33i160l2.6479.17638..21036…5.0..0.134.4940.24j26……0….1..gws-wiz…….35i39j0j0i131j0i67j35i305i39j0i10j0i13j33i22i29i30j0i8i13i30j0i22i30j33i22i10i29i30.JCaBpOlcKtA  https://dccouncil.us/councilmembers/ https://www.google.com/search?ei=b6ReXdjiFIawsAXhhpeQDw&q=phoenix+city+council&oq=Phoenix+city+coun&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0l7j0i20i263j0l2.26895.30866..33139…0.1..0.100.1325.16j1……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j35i39j0i67j0i131j0i131i67j0i131i20i263j0i10.tp1Z2kM0eHI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_City_Council https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council/mark-ciommo

To be clear I’m not ascribing blame to anyone because the causes of homelessness are many and the solutions challenging.  Nonetheless, it’s the elected officials in those jurisdictions who are ultimately responsible to address the matter.  And since we’re having a series of democrat debates in the lead up to the 2020 election I find it interesting that the moderators of these debates never ask the candidates this simple question, “If elected president, what would you do about the homeless problem?”

Meanwhile, New York Times bestselling author and Manhattan Institute Fellow, Heather Mac Donald recently said this about the gun violence in our inner cities, The main stream media and the democrat establishment don’t give a damn about black lives unless a white police officer is involved.”

Over the 2019 Labor Day weekend America experienced another horrific shooting.  Seven were killed and twenty-five others were injured in mass shootings in West Texas.  And it didn’t take long for the democrat presidential candidates to condemn the violence with words similar to Beto O’Rourke’s who said, “Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again…we need to end this epidemic.”

But while O’Rourke, his fellow democrats and the mainstream media were sanctimoniously moralizing ‘to end the epidemic’ and demand stricter gun control laws, not one said a single word about the seven killed and thirty-six injured during Chicago’s Labor Day weekend shooting spree.  Then, as if choreographed, the Sunday morning news shows featured detailed discussions about the Texas shootings but remained strangely silent about the shootings in Chicago.  So could the media purposely be downplaying the latter?  And if they are, what might be the purpose?

In 2018 there were roughly 350 mass shootings in the United States killing 390 and inuring almost 1,700.  Contrast those statistics with the total of 14,611 gun homicides committed during that same period—most of which were the result of urban violence.  Interestingly, nearly 70% of those murders took place in just 5 percent of the nation’s counties.  So take a moment to consider that while the news media and the democrat hopefuls rail about gun violence, they seem only to want to talk about the high-profile and sensationalized mass shootings that account for 2.7%of the gun-related deaths in America, begging the question—what about the other 97.3% of gun homicides?

Which brings us to Ms. MacDonald’s statement.  Blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population, and according to the U.S. Department of Justice, commit 52% of the murders.  And you can bet these murders aren’t taking place on Martha’s Vineyard or in Beverly Hills—no, they’re occurring in places like St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago—high-crime cities where very restrictive gun control laws are already in place.  Interesting too, 99% of the elected officials in those cities are democrats—see the links below.

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf  https://www.thetrace.org/2018/04/highest-murder-rates-us-cities-list/  https://www.reference.com/government-politics/united-states-cities-considered-dangerous-6048d164f8e0c048  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_City_Council  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_City_Counc  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_City_Council  http://www.urbanreviewstl.com/2015/05/first-time-all-28-aldermen-are-democrats  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_City_Council

Now to be fair, the causes of inner-city gun violence are myriad; fatherless homes, substance abuse, the lack of proactive policing and politicians failing to support local law enforcement all contribute.  Nonetheless, it would be interesting to hear an explanation as to why two of the most significant social problems in America occur in jurisdictions controlled by democrats, yet we never seem to hear solutions to these matters emanating from our democrat candidates for president.

Thought for the day:  “Obamacare passed without a Republican vote, so did the impeachment inquiry – do the math.

 

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