In California, a one-party progressive state, the Democrats have unlimited power to enact their preferred policies. For example, California is vigorously enacting the two pillars of Progressive public safety policy. First, they are enacting laws designed to make it impossible for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against criminals. Second, they are releasing from prison tens of thousands of burglars and drug dealers (which progressives call “nonviolent offenders,” or “the urban Democrat voting base”).
Because, according to progressive, politically-correct logic: More criminals + fewer law-abiding people with guns = Crime free, Star Trekkian Utopia.
But are these enlightened policies actually working as expected? Well… yeah, pretty much.
FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Reports show that the property crime rate in San Francisco surged to 667 per 100,000 residents in the first half of 2015. Long Beach was 147 per 100,000; Los Angeles was 145 per 100,000; and Albuquerque was 142 per 100,000.
The rest of the top ten included Sacramento (86 per 100,000), San Jose (66 per 100,000), Baltimore (31 per 100,000), Nashville (11 per 100,000), San Diego (1 per 100,000), and Jacksonville (-25 per 100,000).
So, five of the top ten cities for property crime are in California. (But I’m guessing, most of that crime is in poor and middle class neighborhoods, not the gated communities where Democrat politicians live.) Good-going, progressives!
Meanwhile, in Switzerland, it is once again demonstrated that … as a consistent statistical fact … more guns in the hands of law-abiding people results in less crime. (Too bad progressives suck at math.)