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Democrats Out of Gas on Crime

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Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference on Aug. 3, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Deroy Murdock By Friday, 21 October 2022 02:21 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats have no solutions to today’s crime surge.

Here’s how they shrug off the mayhem.

First: Deep denial.

Through Sept. 27, New Orleans suffered 208 homicides, up 44% versus that period in 2021 and 141% in 2019. The Crescent City has become America’s Murder Capital.

"I do not embrace that at all," said Democratic Mayor La Toya Cantrell. "It isn’t based on what’s happening on the ground." She later said that "our city is safer than it’s been in a long time."

Crime books can be cooked: Curbing arrests can "erase" lawlessness by leaving it unrecorded. But there’s no faking a cadaver. Regardless, Cantrell scoffs at humiliating police data.

Mayor Eric Adams, D-N.Y., likewise got in on the inaction on Thursday. With year-on-year Subway crime up 41%, three Subway-shove victims last week among 13 this year, and one day after Gotham's transit system witnessed its ninth homicide in 2022, Adams reassured New Yorkers that underground bedlam is all in their minds.

"We have an average of less than six crimes a day on a subway system with 3.5 million riders," Adams told CNN's Chris Wallace. "So, I have to deal with those six crimes a day — felony crimes — and the perception of fear."

The New York Post responded Friday to Adams' soothing words about the perception of crime. Adjacent to the front-page headline, "FANTASYLAND," the Post published a spectacular image of Adams riding a unicorn through Manhattan's skyline amid doves, a teddy bear, and an enormous rainbow.

Second: Sing a song.

Chicago’s crime numbers are hellacious: Year-to-date versus 2021, burglary is up 22%, theft ahead 61%, and car theft 79% higher. Overall, crime has climbed 38%.

Amid all this, Democratic Mayor Lori Lighfoot promoted a karaoke contest via a grating, vertical Tik Tok video in which she sports sunglasses, strides up to a microphone, and sings Robert Johnson’s "Sweet Home Chicago."

The only excuse for Lightfoot’s lightweight response to Windy City chaos: Her dismal musical performance would neutralize criminals. If this works, I will say it first: Lightfoot for President!

Third: Roll out the bromides.

Long Island’s Joel Murphy and Elijah Robinson, 17, were wounded in a drive-by shooting about 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 9, in suburban Shirley, New York. One hid beneath the front porch of Congressman Lee Zeldin, New York’s Republican gubernatorial nominee. Another sheltered behind a bush. A bullet lodged just 30 feet from where Zeldin’s twin daughters, 16, did homework at their kitchen table.

"I’m so pleased no one was injured," said Crime-spree Kathy Hochul, New York’s hapless Democratic governor. "It’s a reminder we all have to work together to get guns off the streets."

Hochul’s words are as predictable as low tide.

Yes, pistol-packing perps should suffer severe sentences. But 100% gun control would not have stopped David Jakubonis who, last July 21, confronted Zeldin on the hustings, shoved a sharp keychain weapon beside the candidate's neck, and said: "You’re done."

Jakubonis was armed and threatened a congressman.

Regardless, he was free the next day before being arrested on federal charges.

Vincent Buccino savored pizza outside a Hell’s Kitchen eatery on Sept. 9.

An unprovoked attacker smashed a chair over his head and broke his arm.

The unidentified criminal remains at large.

Michael Palacios terrorized a Manhattan McDonald’s on Sept. 16. After harassing patrons, he yanked an ax from his backpack, menaced diners, and chopped up a table, chairs, and glass wall. He, too, was arrested and swiftly sprung without bail.

Palacios was arrested again on Oct. 11, for alleged graffiti and bicycle theft.

Once more, Palacios was freed without bail.

Hochul’s hackneyed "Gun control!" slogan would have done bupkis to foil these and countless gun-free attacks.

Had Hochul demanded keychain-weapon control, chair control, or ax control, one might respect her originality. Instead, Hochul the Hack spurns criminal control, which would address the evil that undergirds these cases.

The 20,000-member New York State Fraternal Order of Police understands this issue far better than most. That is why on Friday, it backed Zeldin's bid for the Empire State's top office. NYSFOP president Mike Essig said, "Our membership chose to endorse Congressman Lee Zeldin and Alison Esposito in their candidacy for Governor and Lieutenant Governor due to their call for order and public safety as crime surges across the state."

Fourth: "Racism!"

Democrats shout, "Racism!" as often as people exhale.

They did precisely this when People Who Play by the Rules PAC’s devastating political ad showed doorbell-camera images of three thugs tackling an innocent woman and beating her on a sunny sidewalk in Chicago’s leafy Lakeview district.

She screams for help for 20 agonizing seconds. After a smiling photo appears of Mayor Lightfoot and Governor J.B. Pritzker, D-Ill., a graphic quietly asks: "Lightfoot. Pritzker. How much worse does it have to get?"

The anti-cash-bail Pritzker — who, like Lightfoot, faces re-election — decried the ad’s "racial tinge" because it shows "apparently black" muggers. But this is Pritzker’s racist assumption. The armed robbers’ hoodies obscure the races of their concealed faces.

Democrats are out of gas on crime.

On Nov. 8, voters should hire Republicans to rescue them from the dangerous neighborhood in which the empty-tank Democrats have abandoned them.

Aaron Cichon contributed research to this opinion piece.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Read Deroy Murdock's Reports — More Here.

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Democrats are out of gas on crime. On Nov. 8, voters should hire Republicans to rescue them from the dangerous neighborhood to which the empty-tank Democrats have driven them.
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Friday, 21 October 2022 02:21 PM
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