I don’t know, folks. This mosquito keeps biting me and sucking my blood. I’ve thrown everything at the problem. I’ve tried reasoning with it. I’ve tried holding sessions to recruit other mosquitos to convince it to stop. And then they all bit me! I don’t know what to do here. Someone help me out.
According to D.C. police, 90 juveniles were shot so far this year, 14 being fatal. This compares to the 47 that were shot in all of 2021 with six being fatal. Armed juveniles are also carjacking residents more than ever before – 416 so far in 2022, which is 20% higher than in 2021.
Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked Monday what she is going to do differently in her next term to get a handle on these problems.
“So you ask me what are we doing differently and here’s the truth. Wherever I have seen spikes in gun violence, throughout my tenure from ANC, to the council, to mayor We’ve literally thrown everything at the problem. And we watch to see what works and we adjust as we go along.”
Arresting and locking them up works great.
But Mayor Bowser has “thrown everything at the problem” except arresting and locking up criminals.
She previously launched programs including “Violence Interrupters” and “Building Blocks” to head off crime.
Also she shook a magic stick and prayed to the criminal justice reform gods. But they did not answer because they’re made up.
Still D.C. voters voted for it. And they should get it. Every last bit of it.
Later today the D.C. Council is set to cast a final vote on a monumental piece of legislation, a 450-page bill that would completely overhaul the city’s criminal laws… police and prosecutors saying the rewrite dangerously decreases penalties for some violent offenses.
But the most spirited pushback has come on the issue of lower penalties for certain offenses, ranging from robbery and burglary to carjacking and illegal possession of a handgun. “[It] sends the wrong message to our residents when we are using every resource in our government to drive down crime,” said Bowser late last month.
The argument has attracted some high-profile supporters. “Carjackings have soared the past two years — up 23% in 2022 so far. So the D.C. Council has decided to lower the penalty,” tweeted well-known D.C.-based commentator Andrew Sullivan earlier this month, referencing a lowering of the maximum penalty to 24 years from the current 40 years. “They really do want to send a signal that carjacking is no big deal.”
Not like that’s an issue in D.C.
ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp said carjackings in the MPD’s First District, where she lives, are up 550% in the past year. She particularly criticized the D.C. Council for passing a crime bill that she thinks will make matters worse, adding the Council has held no hearings on the current crime epidemic.
But maybe that’s because not enough City Council members have been hijacked.
“Clearly I was in fear for my life,” Nate Fleming a DC Council candidate told 7News. “I’m lucky to be alive.”
Last Saturday night he stopped at the King Food Mart at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue and I-295 and as he exited heading to his car, he saw a Red SUV with four masked men in it heading toward him. They had guns. He said he just threw his keys up. They took them and drove away in his BMW.
I have a modest proposal. Let’s make D.C. a state. And then auction it off to the highest bidder, build a wall around it and keep everyone who thinks that crime should be legal from leaving.
Then repeat the process with every urban area in America.
We’ve thrown everything else at the problem. Let’s give it a try.