Even in places that have historically been peaceful and safe, times are changing.
It’s all happening under the control of radical, far-left political leaders.
Now Vermont’s violent crime rate is skyrocketing because of one entirely predictable reason.
Current happenings in the Green Mountain State suggest that it is no longer the peaceful idyllic place that our grandparents once knew.
A serene scene turned into another radically run nightmare
One of the tiniest states in the union has seen ten homicides and one suspicious death just since October.
In addition to a double homicide in Burlington, the state has recorded 16 gunfire incidents in the last year.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger told the Portland Press Herald, “Many communities are experiencing an alarming rise in gun violence with recent shootings happening in Newport, Danville, St. Johnsbury, Brattleboro, Castleton, Leicester, Brookfield.”
He added, “We are not used to this level of violence in Vermont.”
He’s right, as shootings have increased 185% between 2021 and 2022.
According to Vermont State Police Capt. Shawn Loan, Vermont’s homicide rate last year was about 3.9 per 100,000, a higher rate based on population, than that of Los Angeles at 3.1 and New York City at 2.3 per 100,000.
Burlington’s rate was 11.2 per 100,000, exceeding the rates in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Springfield, Massachusetts, according to Loan.
Loan added, “So we went from seven firearms deaths in 2021 to 20 in 2022.”
A textbook case of why immigrants need to be vetted
These are staggering increases in just a short amount of time, and they’ve come in tandem with the resettling of Somali refugees.
By the middle of summer 2022, WCAX reported, “about half of the city’s gunfire incidents were connected to a small group of new American young men.”
The inaccurate term “new American young men” in this case refers to Somali and Muslim African immigrants.
The problem has been magnified because many of these incorrectly labeled “new Americans” are recidivists.
In 2020, a man called Bonide Badibanga was arrested for drug-related aggravated assault.
Two years later when he stood accused of trying to shoot his brother, he had already racked up 47 police contacts and 11 arrests.
He was charged with attempted murder, but his family wouldn’t testify, and he received a plea deal for time served.
Badibanga is just part and parcel of a worrying trend among new arrivals.
Adding insult to injury, while all this was going on, Burlington’s City Council voted to defund 30% of the police department at the height of the BLM race riots, after pressure from an ambitious local politician.
When African Muslim immigrant Burlington City Councilor Ali Dieng ran for mayor he said, “We all know in the 21st century, black people in this country continue to live in fear of losing their lives at the hands of law enforcement, or members of the white supremacy groups.”
That claim was made after a resolution ordered the flying of the BLM flag at City Hall in 2020.
While not all the violence and unlawful acts can fairly be pinned on the newly arrived Somalis, it’s impossible not to conclude that many of them are playing a large part, given that only a few hundred have settled there amid the drastic increases in criminal activity.
When radical immigration policies are coupled with radical soft-on-crime policies, communities suffer.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.