2020 is well on its way to being the most violent year in America since 1994. That year was significant because it was the first year in a historic 25 year drop in murders in the country. Homicide rates declined by 54% over that time period thanks to tougher on crime policies such as more police on the streets and tougher sentencing guidelines.

However, those days are coming to an end thanks in large part to soft-on-crime policies ranging from defunding the police to jailbreak early release laws.

The numbers are unequivocal: Violent crime is on the rise.

Even the Left-wing New York Times had to admit that diverting police away from solving violent crime cases and controlling the riots and protests have had disastrous consequences for the Big Apple. The NYT reported, “Through the first seven months of this year, shootings were up 72 percent over the same period last year and murders rose 30 percent…

The police say feuds between street gangs are behind most of the incidents, and so far detectives have been unable to make enough arrests to stop reprisals. The pandemic and the need to divert investigators to cover widespread protests have set back investigations.”

This violent crime spike is overturning decades of violent crime reduction thanks to the tough on crime policies of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. During the 1990s, crime rates in New York City dropped dramatically, even more than in the United States as a whole. Violent crime declined by more than 56 percent in the City, compared to about 28 percent in the nation as a whole. Property crimes tumbled by about 65 percent, but fell only 26 percent nationally.

The police force in New York City grew by 35 percent in the 1990s, the numbers of prison inmates rose 24 percent, and there were demographic changes, including a decline in the number of youths.”

Nationally the rise in shootings and murders is staggering.  A Wall Street Journal analysis of crime statistics among the nation’s 50 largest cities “found that reported homicides were up 24% so far this year, to 3,612. Shootings and gun violence also rose, even though many other violent crimes such as robbery fell…

In all, 36 of the 50 cities studied saw homicide rise at double-digit rates, representing all regions of the country.

This reign of terror will continue unabated if feckless politicians do nothing to curb the lawlessness in the cities and continue to encourage anti-cop sentiment by calling for the police to be defunded.

It’s just common sense to expect violent crime to rise when the police are being hamstrung and even defunded altogether. It is even more absurd to suggest that police departments should be abolished completely and replaced with “community policing.” What that means is still not clear to me. I guess we are all just supposed to join hands and sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” while walking through the streets to dissuade criminals from their wicked ways.

With this rise in shootings, it isn’t surprising that gun sales are up over 100% from this time last year, and many of those people—like myself—will be buying a gun for the first time. Given the state of affairs in the country, it would be irresponsible not to. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if you don’t like the new status quo in policing, you can blame the mob. This is their fault and theirs alone.

None of this rise in violence is necessary and the chaos in the streets has nothing to do with President Trump or his supporters and has everything to do with their mob tactics. But despite all that, it doesn’t look like they’ll be changing those tactics anytime soon.