Crime Spiking in Major Cities, Poll Shows America Split on Biden’s Response

Major cities saw an increase in violent crime over the July Fourth weekend. Public unease is now evident in public polling and election results.


Crime is spiking and becoming a major concern for residents and voters.


reporting from the left side of the aisle




Author’s Take

Buried deep in the Washington Times report on New York City’s crime problem is the acknowledgement that, while crime is on the rise, it is nowhere near the problem it was in the 1970s and 1980s. That is important context in the current debate, one both sides should recognize.

Just as right-leaning outlets would serve their readers better by providing that historical context on crime rates, left-leaning outlets need to abandon their reflexive “Republicans pounce” mantra on any issue not benefiting Democratic politicians, including crime. Pretending there is no spike in crime and framing it as a conservative fever dream does their readership no favors and makes it more difficult for a responsible debate over police abuse of power, prosecutorial conduct, and how to deal with violent repeat offenders.

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© Dallas Gerber, 2021