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Exhausted U.S. cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

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By TOM HAYS and COLLEEN LONG

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 a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children.

The guns and ammo industries plus their shareholders smile after each shooting. A sick society sinking lower each day. Nadir not in sight.

I feel fortunate living in Japan where I may need to be wary of natural disasters, but don't have to worry about living next door to wacks possessing private arsenals rivaling what sensible nations only allow their military and police to have.

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PTownsend. But I think you’re overlooking who it is who is doing the killing.

Aren’t you?

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But I think you’re overlooking who it is who is doing the killing. Aren’t you?

Americans.

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The guns and ammo industries plus their shareholders smile after each shooting. A sick society sinking lower each day. Nadir not in sight. 

No, no one smiles, but more importantly and without deflection please, so how do Democrats propose to handle their creation? They want to disband the police and replace it with what exactly? Community watch? Are you serious?

I feel fortunate living in Japan where I may need to be wary of natural disasters, but don't have to worry about living next door to wacks possessing private arsenals rivaling what sensible nations only allow their military and police to have.

Yeah, let’s gloss over Japan’s police problem, but back to the US, what should he people do when there are no more cops?

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memoryfix,

Does it matter who's doing the killing?

What's more important here is that killing is being done. People are frightened and angry, and so is the system. Time for a hard reboot.

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What can anyone expect these are the same whining crying kids balling out and parents did not teach them discipline. Now they are just much older.

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When civilians have guns the situation will never change. All Live Matter when it comes to gun control. America is a sick society when it comes to violence and gun crimes which cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

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“Law and order are the building blocks of the American dream, but if anarchy prevails, this dream comes crumbling down,"

yet a simple orders by governors to social distance and wear masks is just too much for many Americans,

so now the bodies continue to pile up. BTW the virus is claiming far more lives than the annual homicide rate by gun violence which is shocking in itself

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Yeah, let’s gloss over Japan’s police problem, but back to the US, what should he people do when there are no more cops?

Where in Joe Biden's platform does it say that a Democratic administration is committed to a policy of "no cops"?

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@memoryfix

PTownsend. But I think you’re overlooking who it is who is doing the killing.

Aren’t you?

90% of Blacks are killed by other Blacks

85% of Whites are killed by other Whites

Why are conservatives, Republicans, and FOXNEWS not sounding the alarm about White on White crime like they with Black on Black crime? Why are there no PSAs or demonstrations from the KKK, Proud Boys, or other White Supremacist groups? You know their main demographic! For the same reason, that some whites like to scream "all lives matter".

To distract and avoid the real issue which usually falls directly in the laps of whites in the US.

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“violent crime has EXPLODED”....*

The video ends by flashing the words, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

I’m having a hard time seeing the logic behind this. I’m sure one of the usual suspects will be willing to explain.

So, it’s safe now? Biden will make it worse? Biden is responsible for crime now, under 4 years of trump? You won’t be safe in Biden’s America compared to now? Should be more scared of Biden than the current crime wave? What’s the message here?

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America is a sick society when it comes to violence and gun crimes 

Sickness is the right word. The culture of loving guns is perverted. At best, they should be regarded as necessary evils. They aren’t even that interesting in construction. As someone with some knowledge of engineering, there are so many better things to interested in or marvel at. Try a wristwatch.

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One million Americans have died from gun violence since the death of John Lennon.

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@Bob Fosse

I agree. Looks like it's not too safe in Donald Trump's America.

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bass

how do Democrats propose to handle their creation?

Can you define 'their creation'?

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"The spike defies easy explanation, experts say, pointing to the toxic mix of issues facing America in 2020: an unemployment rate not seen in a generation, a pandemic that has killed more than 130,000 people, stay-at-home orders, rising anger over police brutality, intense stress, even the weather."

You forgot to mention that there are 380 million guns in the US...

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Can you define 'their creation'?

The thugs and BLM and the anarchists.

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Why are conservatives, Republicans, and FOXNEWS not sounding the alarm about White on White crime like they with Black on Black crime? 

They do, it’s just not as high as the black on black crime given the population size, it’s off the charts and if Dems defund the police, it will get worse. Gun sales will spike. People will arm themselves, that’s a fact and liberals can get upset if they want, but they created this mess, their policies as always toxic to the people that have to live with it.

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One of the greatest growing dangers in America and Europe is the growth of the youth Neo Nazi groups. Young people 12-16 are being recruited online and turned into Neo Nazi terrorists

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The thugs and BLM and the anarchists.

Gee, that's specific. By thugs, do you mean 'a violent person' or Trump's racist term for basically all black males? BLM was started as a hashtag in response to police brutality against black males, and anarchists can mean any thing you want it to, really. If anything, these are more accurately defined as reactions to the current state of affairs, rather than a 'creation' of democrats.

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it’s off the charts and if Dems defund the police, it will get worse. Gun sales will spike.

Guns sales are are always spiking. Hurricane, spike! Virus, spike! Terrorist attack, spike!

Life is cheap in America, and getting cheaper. 2020 has been an absolute disaster for the country, led by a govt that cares not a jot for its citizens.

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@ Bogden, last time I checked it wasn't Trump demanding to defund the police, its your BLM buddies! Wake up and smell the gun powder; when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of NYC murders were down due to strong policing and the "stop-and-frisk" policy -- it worked. What's more important giving up some civil liberties or body count?

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WorldExhausted U.S. cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

.... I thought the solution is easy: Defund the police! That should do it. No?

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Clippeclop

Life is cheap in America, and getting cheaper. 2020 has been an absolute disaster for the country, led by a govt that cares not a jot for its citizens.

I thought the "government" has multiple levels of authority, and the places where most of the violence is happening are run by the so called progressives, no?

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One of the greatest growing dangers in America and Europe is the growth of the youth Neo Nazi groups. Young people 12-16 are being recruited online and turned into Neo Nazi terrorists

Given what we see and the breakdown and the reverse racism that is now taking place, you will definitely see a rise coming out and as much as I despise these people, have to think, of can’t blame them given the current events.

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We'd sure have a lot less violence if all the pro-Trump, far-right, armed militias and white supremacists crawled back into their holes, and stopped the rioting, looting, and shooting...

And get all the Ken and Karen's with their assault weapons and pistols back into their bunker basements - they're dangerous when you let them out on the lawn...

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Given what we see and the breakdown and the reverse racism that is now taking place, you will definitely see a rise coming out and as much as I despise these people, have to think, of can’t blame them given the current events.

Given your comments, I think you don't understand the seriousness of the Neo Nazi terrorists and suggest some research. This week I watched a BBC World News Panorama program on it which stretches from Germany the UK and into America. The minds of the youths are being turned into nasty SOB's. Not just blacks, Jews, Muslims.

If you understood the extend of these evil internet networks which hide behind vpn's you wouldn't give any of them one second.

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Vernon WattsToday  04:42 pm JST

@ Bogden, last time I checked it wasn't Trump demanding to defund the police, its your BLM buddies! Wake up and smell the gun powder; when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of NYC murders were down due to strong policing and the "stop-and-frisk" policy -- it worked. What's more important giving up some civil liberties or body count?

Ask the right wingers if they are going to give up their guns. Want to guess their answer?

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zichi

One of the greatest growing dangers in America and Europe is the growth of the youth Neo Nazi groups. Young people 12-16 are being recruited online and turned into Neo Nazi terrorists.

You have gotta be kidding.

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The article isn’t clear...How many of these shootings were by the police on unarmed black men? Or have they simply gone back to shooting each other? Everyone needs a hobby!

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lincolnmanToday  05:28 pm JST

We'd sure have a lot less violence if all the pro-Trump, far-right, armed militias and white supremacists crawled back into their holes, and stopped the rioting, looting, and shooting...

Sarcasm notwithsatnding, there are many people engaging in the rioting and looting who are 100% opportunists with zero interest in any political aims or social manipulation. They want free stuff, that's all.

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@Vernon Watts

@ Bogden, last time I checked it wasn't Trump demanding to defund the police, its your BLM buddies! Wake up and smell the gun powder; when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of NYC murders were down due to strong policing and the "stop-and-frisk" policy -- it worked. What's more important giving up some civil liberties or body count?

LOL! Not much logic to this argument!

NYC cops went on strike for about 7 weeks between 2014-2015 with no Guiliani. Guess what? The crime rate dropped! HA!

NYC cops did a work stop, yet crime dropped

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/nyc-cops-did-a-work-stop-yet-crime-dropped/

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So you want to limit THEIR speech, but it’s ok to give Antifa and BLM a platform? Hmmmm....that’s not going to work and you just made my point for me again. Either we allow full freedom of speech or No speech at all. You can’t pick and choose which ideology you think is better.

I didn't mention anything about limiting free speech, even hate speech but these children are having their minds corrupted and encouraged to resort to violence. What happens when they start killing people.

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