Just call 2020 the ‘Year of the Body Count’

Last year was pretty violent, with murders up in several major cities. (Screen snip, YouTube, KCPQ)

There is no math involved, just numbers; 769 in Chicago, 499 in Philadelphia, 198 in Washington, D.C., 53 in Portland, Oregon, another 335 in Baltimore, and the numbers just pile up.

According to One America News Network (OANN), “Experts say that 2020 ended as the most violent year in U.S. history. According to reports, the U.S. saw the single largest one-year increase in homicides. The country experienced nearly a 21 percent rise in killings throughout the first nine months.”

It’s no wonder why the year closed out with the highest number of background checks initiated in a single month ever. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, it’s “NSSF-adjusted” NICS data suggests “more than 21 million background checks were conducted for the sale of a firearm in 2020.”

People see the homicide numbers, then read about efforts to de-fund local police agencies, and the natural reaction is to take personal responsibility for one’s personal safety.

With the number of slayings in the District of Columbia last year, it’s also no great mystery why freshman Congresswoman Lauren Boebert wants to carry a concealed sidearm for personal protection. According to Politico, however, Washington, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III plans to have a personal chat with the Rifle, Colo. Republican to make sure “she is aware of the what the laws of the District of Columbia are.”

It may not be a case of Boebert understanding the law so much as it has become obvious armed District criminals ignore those laws, and nearly 200 corpses prove it. The chief was asked about Boebert’s plan during a press conference, suggesting the Beltway press corps is more concerned about a lone female congresswoman carrying a gun legally than a criminal element that carries guns illegally all the time.

The bloodbath in Chicago may be the worst uptick for any American city, ever. Last year saw more than a 50 percent hike in homicides over 2019, when 495 slayings were recorded, according to WLS, the local ABC affiliate.

Now the pundits and social engineers will begin theorizing about why it has happened. Loyola University Prof. David Olsen might have at least part of the answer. According to a report at OANN, Olsen called the spike in Chicago murders “unprecedented.”

“But we’ve also had an unprecedented situation with the pandemic,” he added.

For more than nine months, millions of Americans have experienced lockdowns, job losses, continued extensions of the shutdown as politicians from Washington, D.C. to Washington State have repeatedly moved the goalposts.

Back in March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a two-week shutdown to level the curve, but more than nine months later, he has once again extended a shutdown order. In the meantime, schools have been closed, businesses have laid off so-called “non-essential employees,” restaurants and other service-related businesses have closed their doors for good and social distancing and masking policies are generating a considerable backlash. Still, Inslee was elected to a third term, perhaps only because of the heavily liberal Seattle-area vote.

Speaking of Seattle, the homicide number there was double that for 2019.


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