Ben Carson, famous neurosurgeon and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, believes that the reason Chicago is currently experiencing a massive spike in crime is due to the fact “we” as a society have turned our backs on the police.
Carson, appearing on the “Cortes & Pellegrino” program, said,”the fact of the matter is what has happened is that we have turned on the police and these large cities that are run by progressives. And the police don’t seem to have any backing. Now, as a result of that, [the police are] not nearly as aggressive. And people who have interpersonal relationship issues, instead of relying on the police, who they recognize are defanged or disenfranchised, they decided to take … matters into their own hands. This is a real significant problem, and I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of it because there are more and more police who are starting to resign.”
“Who’s going to fill those gaps?” Carson asked the hosts. “We’re going to have the wild west; everybody’s going to decide that they have to resolve the issues on their own. This is not a good situation by any stretch of the imagination.”
On Monday, according to a chart from the Chicago Sun-Times, 798 people were killed in Chicago in the past 12 months. Local Chicago news station ABC7 cites that “from 2019 to 2020, homicides jumped by more than 50” percent. In 2020, there were 772 homicides, and in 2019 there were 496.
With all of the hate police officers have received over the last several years, topped off by the defund the police movement, why would anyone ever want to be a police officer?
It’s certainly not because they make a lot of money. They don’t. They are hated, shot at, beat up, slandered, and everything else, all while trying to keep our communities safe. It’s tragic.
And let’s not forget the fact that Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country, which are obviously failing miserably. Perhaps it’s time for a new strategy for handling crime?