Stop And Frisk: The Answer To Violent Crime In Chicago


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Chicago is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous large cities in the United States.  That’s not a label that should sit well with its liberal Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, whose leadership is feckless.  The police force is obviously not able to do anything to combat the ever-increasing numbers of shootings and overall violent crimes.  Just this past weekend, 6 people were murdered and 28 wounded, including a 7-year-old boy.  Violence was not just limited to one area of the city, it was widespread.  Chicago now reminds me of New York City in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s.  The trains were graffiti tapestries, prostitutes walked the streets freely on the west side and Times Square was a cesspool. The overall quality of life was not equal to its reputation as the greatest city in the world.  The murder rate peaked in 1990 with 2,245 murders.  Then New York City turned it around.  First, the citizens realized that if things were going to change, they would have to elect a mayor willing to make tough decisions.  The city elected Republican Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani as the man who would be up to the task.  He’s a hard-nosed, tough conservative who took on every tough issue from organized crime to turnstile jumping in the subway.  He recognized that petty crimes or simple annoyances like aggressive begging, and window washers at traffic lights, were quality of life issues that should not and would not be tolerated.  The majority of the homeless were mentally unstable and needed to be removed from the streets for their safety as well as for the safety of every citizen.  He led the city through its toughest period, 9-11 and demonstrated what it truly means to be a leader.  It was from that point that crime, particularly violent crime began to drop.  The citizens of the city of New York then elected another Republican Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, intent on cleaning up the streets further while addressing liberal social issues.  Being a billionaire allowed him to be his own man.  He answers to no one except the voters so he is able to govern with his conscience and not his wallet.  He supported Stop and Frisk even as he was supporting gay marriage; not something one would think would be on the same agenda.  But facts are facts.  New York City is now the safest big city in America.  The murder rate is once again down and if the trend for 2013 continues, it will mark the lowest murder rate in the city, since statistics were kept.  Much of that decline can be attributed preventative policing or Stop and Frisk.  It can not be disputed.  And individual rights in neighborhoods where murder and crime are highest might be somewhat compromised but it’s a small price to pay to safeguard the lives of our children.  Abuses must be dealt with accordingly but the thugs must be dealt with harshly if Chicago is to ever turn around its troubling reputation for violence.  And all the news conferences and people claiming rights violations won’t change the fact that preventing crime; Stop and Frisk, is the only way to police neighborhoods most likely to experience violent crimes.  The only question now is whether or not Mayor Emmanuel listening?

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