Violent crime is continuing to rise in American cities. This year has seen a continuation of violent trends — from homicides to carjackings — that have been on the rise in cities since 2015. Last year was the deadliest year for 12 major cities. The causes and consequences of this rise in violence are varied, but all solutions will require a
Defund the Police
Two elected officials were carjacking victims mere days before Christmas. At gunpoint. Pennsylvania Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked in Philadelphia. The thieves stole her Acura MDX, which contained her cell phone, government-issued phone, and purse. Five teenagers, including a 14-year-old girl, from Wilmington, Del., face charges, with gun crimes for some. Illinois state Sen.
In 2021 the nation struggled to come to terms with the complexities of policing. The prior year had been held hostage by sloganeering, as though you could create safe and inclusive communities simply by “defunding” or by “defending” police. The result of this retreat into oppositional camps was catastrophic. Minneapolis was ground zero, where the