Back when Kansas City hit a homicide record in the early 90s there was a very simple explanation or at least a trend that was worth consideration . . .
In 1993, emboldened by sensationalized gangsta rap media hype, drug gangs from Cali mobilized their membership and sought to branch out. A lot of locals from KCMO didn't buy the pyramid scheme and so a deadly fight over territory and rep took place on local streets resulting in historic bloodshed.
And so the past is prologue . . .
This time around, there doesn't seem to be a single cause that's responsible for the homicide uptick but rather a perfect storm of circumstances which have contributed to the deadly local murder spike. A few examples: An even more profitable drug trade, the proliferation of illegal guns on American urban core streets and a weakened justice system seem to have created a perfect storm for the current historic rise in murder.
Moreover . . .
Even in recent remarks from the KCPD Chief on gun control, he emphasized the importance of punishment in his remarks. An insight that shouldn't be overlooked: "Regardless of the gun laws, of which there are currently many, they are ineffective without a certainty of punishment. Certainty of punishment is more important than severity in the prevention of gun violence."
And so this begs the question:
IS THE BREAKDOWN OF IMMIGRATION LAWS, MANDATORY MINIMUM DRUG SENTENCES AND HARD TIME FOR VIOLENT OFFENDERS THE BIGGEST CULPRIT IN THE RECENT KCMO HOMICIDE SPIKE?!?!
Put simply: Is there more crime because criminals know they're going to get away with it or escape with only a wrist slap???
All of this his leads us back to a discussion of policy, enforcement and politics that ultimately falls to voters who seem caught between hard-line, unforgiving and often ineffective tactics that power the so-called prison industrial complex OR the new, trendy "restorative justice" approach that seems laughably lightweight when confronting serious, callous criminals.
Meanwhile the level of local violence escalates on local streets and threatens to destroy all of the so-called "momentum" touted and funded by way of taxpayer subsidized development.
The latest local violence and worsening streets overnight . . .
Deadly KCMO Overnight
One person dead, two injured in two car crashes and shootings in Kansas City, Missouri
MORE MLK BLVD GUNFIRE!!!
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Police are investigating after a driver was shot, drove off and got into a rollover accident with another vehicle, ejecting the passenger in their vehicle. At about 11:48 p.m. on Friday night, police were called to 75th and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on an accident.
You decide . . .