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Homicides Increased in Spike Bigger Than Any Seen in 100 Years

Homicides Increased in Spike Bigger Than Any Seen in 100 Years

(UnitedVoice.com) – Last year’s jump in violent crime turns out to have been even larger than most Americans believed, according to new data. In fact, the homicide rate saw its biggest increase in more than 100 years.

On October 6, the CDC released its latest report on US homicide rates, and it makes for horrifying reading. In 2019, the US homicide rate was 6.0 per 100,000 people, which is already extremely high in comparison with other advanced countries; for example, the UK’s 2019 homicide rate was 1.14 per 100,000, and Canada’s was 1.8. Last year, though, the US rate jumped by 30% to a shocking 7.8 per 100,000, while Canada’s rose by 6.5% and the UK’s by just 2.6%.

CDC statistician Robert Anderson told CNN that last year’s increase was the largest annual rise seen since 1904-05, and that was probably down to better reporting rather than an actual rise in killings. Last year’s surge in violence even beats the 9/11 terrorist attacks for its impact on the death toll.

Why did homicides increase so much last year?

One obvious culprit is the widespread breakdown of law and order caused by anti-police rioting. Unfortunately, much of the Left responded to this violence by calling for the police to be defunded. That doesn’t seem like the smartest move in the middle of an increase in violent crime.

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