Violent crime has been on the rise since 2014 according to new reports. And Democratic strongholds like Chicago are leading the wave. As of December 23rd , Chicago has had 757 murders, 153% more than it had in 2015, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Ironically, Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. According to the NRA
The reality is that Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. Indeed, even the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranks Illinois 8th among the ten states with the strongest gun laws and awarded it a B+ rating in 2015.
But it’s not just Chicago where crime and murder rates are increasing. According to Breitbart,
Murders rose 10.8 percent nationwide in 2015, the sharpest increase since 1971. During that same year, property-related crime dropped by 2.6 percent and burglaries fell by 7.8 percent, but aggravated assault rose 4.6 percent, rape rose 6.3 percent, and vehicle thefts rose 3.1 percent. Property crimes, not including arson, cost victims $14.3 billion.
Breitbart used the FBI’s crime report for their data. The Wall Street Journal also reported that police departments across the country have seen an increase in crime, with 16 of 20 of the country’s largest departments seeing a rising homicide rate.
53% surveyed by Gallup say “worry a great deal about crime, violence” This is up 10% over a similar population surveyed in 2015 by Gallup. The research firm speculates people might be more afraid because it’s being reported more.
The rise in Americans’ level of concern about crime could reflect actual, albeit modest, increases in crime, as well as increasing media coverage of it. The number of violent crimes reported to police across the country in the first half of 2015 was up by 1.7% compared with the same period in 2014, according to the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report.
This rising crime rate goes hand-in-glove with the rising notoriety of cops killings that have gone on in the past year. The FBI implied that was a direct result of the Obama Administration publicly criticizing local and state police. Recent examples include Obama weighing in on the Trayvon Martin Case, a cop acting “stupidly” in a shooting in Baltimore, and his suggestion that Charlotte riots had legitimate roots.
The rise in crime may account for the increase in applications for concealed-carry permits throughout the country as Total Patriot reported earlier this week—the FBI reported 185,713 new permits were issued on Black Friday of this year.