Violent crime and lawlessness in decades-long Democrat run cities is nothing new.
This is true even with leftist gun control policies that limit self-defense among the law abiding while the criminals are unconstrained.
Now, homicides in a once great American city are surging while Democrats flee from angry residents.
Baltimore, Maryland is a city so solidly blue that the last Republican Mayor was in office in an era of black and white televisions, and Democrats have been in a majority on the city council for 80 years.
Last month was the deadliest January in the city in nearly 50 years.
The situation is so bad that in compiling this story, information from local TV station WBAL put the number of homicides, just since January 1 at 38.
But then late Tuesday, Baltimore Police said that a medical examiner ruled that the death of a woman pushed down the stairs earlier in the month was a homicide.
Also on Tuesday, according to Baltimore Police, four people were shot and one man died in separate shootings.
The death and violence comes after 337 homicides were reported in 2021.
According to Baltimore’s own Baltimore Sun, the city is “worse than” many Central American countries, where people are fleeing to seek asylum in the U.S.
In fact, the Baltimore murder rate is higher than Central America’s most dangerous countries.
Despite the high rate of homicides, Baltimore, like all of Maryland, has many Democrat-pushed gun control laws.
Maryland has a ban on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines as well as a fingerprinting/registration requirement for new handgun buyers.
But clearly, these measures haven’t had the desired effect.
Last week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the city, “Haiti in the Mid-Atlantic” and highlighted the rampant violence and chronically low test scores in the city’s public schools.
Carlson said, “Baltimore is a city filled with people in total misery, a city with people being murdered and children who can’t read.”
Residents agree and are blasting Democrat leaders.
Rosheda Murray lost her 26-year-old son in 2020 after his twin brother was gunned down in the city at age 18.
Murray told The Daily Mail that she wants to leave Baltimore for the sake of her youngest son who is being raised without a father and his brothers – all of whom became victims of gun violence in recent years.
Investor’s Business Daily blames the problem on leadership, saying, “When Democrats are in control, cities tend to go soft on crime, reward cronies with public funds, establish hostile business environments, heavily tax the most productive citizens, impose smothering regulations and set up fat pensions for their union friends. Simply put, theirs is a Blue State blueprint for disaster.”
The old adage is “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” but unfortunately for Baltimore a lot is broken and has been for many years.
Maybe it’s time for a change from decades of failed policy.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.