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This story out today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is about Atlanta, but you can substitute just about any major city dominated by Democrat Party political leadership and the theme of the story would be the same as of June 2021:

Atlanta police have investigated 64 homicide cases in 2021, a 58% increase over this time last year. The surge follows a historically deadly 2020, when authorities investigated 157 homicide cases — the most in more than two decades.

There are some noteworthy specifics in those two sentences that need to be unpacked.

First, the mathematical comparison of 64 homicides this year being a 58% increase over the number of homicides “over this time last year” must be emphasized.  The author doesn’t specify the dates he has in mind, but let’s just assume he’s referring to June 10.  If 64 represents a 58% increase, that means it’s slightly more than double.  One-half of 64 would be 32, so the number of homicides from January to June 10, 2020, was probably 29-30.  That would be a rate of 6 per month.

But we know the number of homicides at the end of 2020 was 157.   Simple math tells you that there were 127 homicides over the final seven months of 2020 — a rate of 18 per month, or three times the homicide rate prior over the first five months.

With only 64 homicides over the first six months of 2021, Atlanta has at least reduced that pace back to 12 per month.  That’s still a long way from where they were before BLM and other groups took to the streets with their mostly peaceful protests.”

But Atlanta’s mayor doesn’t see a connection.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has referred to the spike in violence as a “COVID crime wave…”

Keisha Lance Bottoms and every other Democrat mayor of every big city with a one-party political system makes this same claim to deflect blame from themselves, their policies, and the race-baiting agitators they welcomed into their cities for political reasons after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.

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