July 18, 2019

USA: Baltimore Reaches Highest Murder Rate Ever In 2017 Even AFTER The State Of Maryland Adopted STRICT GUN CONTROL LAWS In 2013. CHRONIC POVERTY Thanks To 50 YEARS Of Democrat Policies.

I'm sharing the information below to point out the irony in Rep. Elijah Cummings feigned outrage in the video above. Rep. Elijah Cummings was apparently oblivious when Obama signed legislation to separate children at the border and Obama built those ICE Detention Centers. Consider the high crime and poverty record documented below in Rep. Elijah Cummings Congressional District, that he's been tasked to oversee SINCE 1996, is clearly suffering from a glaring empathy deficit disorder. The Democrats are fascinating people, aren't they? (emphasis mine)

Maryland's 7th congressional district elects a representative to the United States House of Representatives every two years. The seat is currently represented by Elijah Cummings (D). It encompasses just over half of Baltimore City, most of the majority African American sections of Baltimore County, and the majority of Howard County. The district was created following the census of 1950, which gave Maryland one additional representative in the House. It has been drawn as a majority-African American district since 1973.

CNN published on Apr 26, 2016: President Obama Border Remarks - Children Unlikely Able To Stay.

CNN published on Jul 21, 2016: President Obama says, "I have sent a clear message to parents in these countries not to put their kids through this."

ABC interview July 27, 2014 President Obama says, "That is our direct message to the families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly they may not make it."
CBS News
written by Associated Press
January 2, 2018

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore has set a new per-capita homicide record as gunmen killed for drugs, cash, payback - or no apparent reason at all.

A surge of homicides in the starkly divided city resulted in 343 killings in 2017, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever - roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

"Not only is it disheartening, it's painful," Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Associated Press during the final days of 2017, her first year in office.

The main reasons are the subject of endless interpretation. Some attribute the increase to more illegal guns, the fallout of the opioid epidemic, or systemic failures like unequal justice and a scarcity of decent opportunities for many citizens. The tourism-focused Inner Harbor and prosperous neighborhoods such as Canton and Mount Vernon are a world away from large sections of the city hobbled by generational poverty.

Others blame police, accusing them of taking a hands-off approach to fighting crime since six officers were charged in connection with the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose fatal spinal cord injury in police custody triggered massive protests that year and the city's worst riots in decades.
In the paragraph above, the writer points out that six officers were charged... but omitted, I hope not on purpose, that those same six officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.  The date on the Associated Press article I'm sharing is January 2, 2018.
(emphasis mine)
Fox News December 4, 2017: The six Baltimore police officers who where charged and then later acquitted in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray were all back at work Thursday.

None are patrolling the streets, but are working jobs in other departments, the Baltimore Sun reported.

State prosecutors had charged the officers after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled at the time, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

Three officers were acquitted at trial, and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby later dropped the remaining state cases. The U.S. Justice Department later announced it would not pursue the case.

Baltimore police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith said that “Everyone is reinstated and back to work with full police powers,” the Baltimore Sun quoted him as saying.
"The conventional wisdom, or widely agreed upon speculation, suggests that the great increase in murders is happening partly because the police have withdrawn from aggressively addressing crime in the city's many poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods," said Donald Norris, professor emeritus of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Even as arrests have declined to their lowest level in years, police say their officers are working hard in a tough environment. They note the overwhelming majority of Baltimore's crime has long been linked to gangs, drugs and illegal guns.

"The vast majority of our kids and residents of this city aren't into criminal activity like this. It's that same revolving group of bad guys that are wreaking havoc for people's families," said T.J. Smith, the chief police spokesman whose own younger brother was the city's 173rd homicide victim in 2017.

Baltimore's homicide rate started to surge after Gray's death in 2015, a year when the city saw over 340 slayings. There's been a depressingly steady march of killings since.

Violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades and some locals sardonically refer to their city as "Bodymore" due to the annual body count. But prior to 2015, Baltimore's killings had generally been on the decline. Before rates in recent years eclipsed it, Baltimore's homicide rate had peaked with 353 killings in 1993, or some 49 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore had over 700,000 inhabitants back then, making the per-capita rate lower than in 2017.

Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University, described Baltimore as a place "where there is an urgent need to make sure that neighborhoods do not continue to fall apart and the population doesn't give up on the city."

Pugh, who took office as mayor in December 2016, said her year-old administration is focused on reducing crime, boosting police recruits, and improving long-neglected neighborhoods. She told attendees at a candlelight vigil she hosted for victims of violence that "this will become the safest city in America."

Attending the vigil were Norman and Yvonne Armstrong, who struggled for words to describe their heartache since losing their son, Shawn, to gun violence. The working family man, a 31-year-old father of three, was fatally shot at a Baltimore carwash in September. His murder is unsolved.

"The kids out there with guns don't care about anything," said Norman Armstrong, the pain of grief etched on his face.

Among the names behind the 2017 numbers is Jonathan Tobash, a 19-year-old college student who embodied the best hopes of his Baltimore community. Police say the sophomore at Morgan State University was shot to death Dec. 18 after stumbling onto a robbery in progress outside a convenience store near his family's home.

Ericka Alston-Buck, who founded the Kids Safe Zone community center in the rough Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, said concentrated poverty must be addressed and a measure of healing has to take place in order to truly tackle high rates of violence in Baltimore.

"Hurt people hurt people. No one's doing anything to close those holes in their souls," she said. "As long as no one does that, nothing is going to change."

Breitbart News
written by Awr Hawkins
Friday June 2, 2017

The state of Maryland adopted sweeping gun control provisions in 2013 and Baltimore just witnessed the highest January through May murder rate of any year on record.

The number of murders January through May alone–“146.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, the previous high for the first five months of a year was “139” killed in 1993. Prior to that the high was “138” killed during the first five months of 1996. There were 124 murders during the first five months of 2007, “the only year in the early 2000s that came close to the high number of homicides seen during the 1990s.”

The number of murders during the first five months of the years 2008-2014 ranged between 74 and 94. In other words, it dropped well below the highs of the 1990s. Yet the Maryland General Assembly passed the Firearm Safety Act in 2013 and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed it.

The Act banned the sale and manufacture of “high capacity” magazines and the Sun reported that it required would-be handgun purchasers to submit fingerprints to the state police. Moreover, Fox News reported that the Act created a ban covering “45 types of assault weapons.” Nevertheless, murders are surging in Baltimore.

On March 27, 2017, Breitbart News reported that police increasingly discovered “high capacity” magazines at Baltimore crime scenes following the implementation of the Firearm Safety Act. And The Trace, a gun control journalism outlet, shows that the criminal use of “high capacity” magazines jumped in 2013 and continued to climb in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Additionally, the Sun reports that the city’s two deadliest years on record, 2015 and 2016, all occurred after the Act was implemented.

There were 318 murders in 2016 and 344 in 2015. Baltimore is on track to surpass both figures in 2017.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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