Baltimore Mayor Jack Young avoided responsibility when he was told that the city had once again broken its own annual record for murders per capita (another year).
“I’m not committing the murders. The police commissioner has not committed it. The council’s not committing it. So how can you fault leadership?” Young said in an interview with Fox Baltimore, and he also announced that he will run in 2020 to keep his position while asking for more federal funds.
Mayor Jack Young on Baltimore homicides: "I'm not committing the murders. The police commissioner has not committed it. The council's not committing it. So how can you fault leadership?" https://t.co/Yg9MMRnUTE pic.twitter.com/5XExpSMGA2
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) November 13, 2019
The four deaths in the Dec. 27 shooting brought Baltimore to a historic high of 342, or 57 out of every 100,000 city residents, who died violently in 2019, The Associated Press reported.
This is the fifth consecutive year that more than 300 murders have been recorded in the city after the Firearms Security Act of 2013 went into effect, which led the state to be considered the fourth “strongest” in gun restrictions.
In 2019, the homicide rate in Baltimore was 10 times higher than in the rest of the United States, said political scientist and economist Ryan McMaken, “The U.S. rate has fallen since 2007, but it has gone up significantly in Baltimore over that time,” he said.
Baltimore has reached numbers that make most of the Third World’s most violent countries (which are not currently at war) seem safe, McMaken said.
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In contrast, when gun restrictions were significantly tightened in 2013, deaths from gunfire also increased substantially, and as a result of such insecurity the population began to leave the city, said writer, analyst and researcher Brian Bissett.
“In 2015, deaths by shootings in Baltimore City roughly doubled and have not fallen since,” Bissett said.
“Baltimore has on average 275 to 300 people shot to death each year, up from about 150 to 175 prior to the passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013,” he added.
President Donald Trump has sharply criticized the controversial Democratic administration that has led Baltimore to its “disastrous” state. “Billions and billions of dollars have been given to Baltimore. It’s been misspent, it’s been missing, it’s been stolen with a lot of corrupt government,” the president said in late July according to CNN.
“We’re going to fight for the future of cities like Baltimore that have been destroyed by decades of failed and corrupt rule,” he said at the time.
It is worth noting that Mayor Young’s predecessor, former Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh, was forced to resign due to a scandal in which she was accused of 11 charges, including tax evasion, fraud, and conspiracy, the Baltimore Sun reported.