Murder had been declining in the United States in the two decades after the lethal Crack Wars of the late 1980-1990s. But then the Establishment decided about a decade ago that America’s big problem was too much law and order. So, after the celebrated emergence of Black Lives Matter at Ferguson in August 2014, we got less law and order, good and hard as H.L. Mencken might say about today’s elites.
Culminating at the Dallas Police Massacre of July 2016, this led to the election of Donald Trump and the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, which coincided with a decline in murder. But in mid-2019 this downward trend ended with the “racial reckoning” being declared by the Good and the Great at the end of May 2020, and murders shot upward as cops were told that the politicians didn’t support them pulling dubious characters over anymore.
So the dubious characters stashed their illegal handguns in the glove compartments, which was convenient when somebody dissed them. Not surprisingly, murders exploded by a historic amount in 2020 and stayed high in 2021, with shootings up even more.
But of course the colossal increase in murders since George Floyd’s death couldn’t possibly have anything to do with politics. Instead, the slaughter must be due to the Bad Guys, not due to the Good Guys, according to the ultimate Good Guys at the NY Times:
The Buffalo killings are part of a pattern: Most extremist violence in the U.S. comes from the political right.
By David Leonhardt
May 17, 2022
Over the past decade, the Anti-Defamation League has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists.
Of these 450 killings, right-wing extremists committed about 75 percent. Islamic extremists were responsible for about 20 percent, and left-wing extremists were responsible for 4 percent.
Nearly half of the murders were specifically tied to white supremacists:
Not surprisingly, the methodology of the ADL and the NYT is tendentious in the extreme:
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