Baltimore and surrounding environs are reeling from the high level of street crime. The Baltimore City crime rate is higher than 99.1 percent of all other U.S. cities. Since 2002, Baltimore's violent crime rate -- including murder, rape, assault, robbery and other measures of violent crime -- has been almost 4 times higher than the national average. In the past few years it has exceeded five times the national average. Only two cities, Detroit, MI and Memphis, TN have higher violent crime rates.
In 2019, there were 348 murders in Baltimore City, almost one murder per day and the second highest number in history. As of this writing, there have been 39 murders in 2020 -- continuing the trend of almost one murder per day.
-- continuing the trend of almost one murder per day. At 58 murders per 100,000, Baltimore's murder rate is the highest in the nation by far. As stated recently in the Wall Street Journal:
None of the largest 50 American cities approaches Baltimore’s per capita death toll. It rivals Third World metropolises that are plagued — like Baltimore — by gang wars, corrupt politicians and outmatched law-enforcement agencies. Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras posted 2019 murder rates of 21.5, 36 and 41.2 per 100,000 residents, respectively. But these countries have all cut their murder tolls in half over the past five years. In contrast, Baltimore’s murder total has climbed 65 percent since 2014.
While expressions of outrage are almost universal across the political spectrum, the Maryland Left, including Not Much Dutch, steadfastly refuse to support and enact the kinds of crime fighting policies that actually work. Some of these proposals were articulated in Governor Hogan's latest State of the State address, but have been dismissed by Democrat lawmakers
Baltimore City, Baltimore County and other areas run by Democrats have cultivated an anti-police bias in their approach to crime. Most famously, in the riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she was giving, “those who wished to destroy, space to do that.” It took Governor Hogan ordering a state of emergency and bringing the National Guard in to stop the riots. Dutch Ruppersberger did nothing and continues to do nothing.
Maryland has also become one of the nation's most attractive targets for illegal aliens and the crime they bring. Local law enforcement's willingness to release criminal aliens back into the community to avoid ICE has resulted in further crime sprees by those same illegals. Local police chiefs, sheriffs, and mayors should be held criminally liable for releasing illegal aliens who then further terrorize citizens. Not Much Dutch does nothing to stop this. Instead he openly supports the radical, open borders agenda of Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the far Left.
Destructive Democrat crime policies actually undermine the law and contribute to crime rather than reduce it and violent crime is spreading into District 2. I will fight this tooth and nail:
I will support and push for Governor Hogan's 2020 Violent Firearms Offenders Act, the Witness Intimidation Protection Act and Judicial Transparency Act.
I will support those programs that provide positive alternatives to crime for youths in Baltimore and elsewhere.
I will work to remove anti-gun bias against those who carry for self-protection. Constitutional carry would reduce gun crime in Baltimore overnight, as it has wherever else it has been implemented.
I will promote policies that advance the 2nd Amendment rights of all Maryland citizens by working to repeal the onerous restrictions placed on Maryland gun owners.
I will oppose onerous new limits on guns being contemplated by the Maryland General Assembly.
I will challenge Baltimore County's new ordinance forcing gun shops to build physical barriers around their buildings. This is nothing more than an attempt to drive legitimate businesses out of the county.
I will oppose the Left's open borders, law wrecking agenda on every front and insist on prosecution of criminal aliens to the fullest extent of the law, after which they will be sent packing.