President Biden acknowledged both parties–Republicans and Democrats –in his message addressing crime and gun violence, not only in California, but across the country before his trip to California.
“Both parties have to step up and do something about crime as well as gun violence,” Biden said, noting he sent “billions of dollars and encouraged them to use it to hire police officers and reforming police departments.”
Republicans have stepped up their attack on the president and fellow democrats citing they have not done much since the George Floyd incident two years ago. The American public is increasingly becoming more trusting of Republicans than the are of Democrats when it comes to public safety.
With elections around the corner, Republicans believe with a focus on crime, they will incure more voters, especially among young urban voters.
Crime statistics for the first quarter of 2022, released by the FBI on Monday, suggest that a rise in violent crime is not the fault of either party’s criminal justice policies. Democratic-led cities such as Detroit, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana, as well as Wichita, Kansas and Portland, Ore., listed fewer murders for the first quarter of 2022 than 2021. The same could be said for several cities with Republican mayors at the helm. The reverse also was true in a number of Democratic and Republican-led cities with several showing rises in violent crime rates and murders.
Our safety still remains a political issue.