Another Deadly Crime Surge Threatens Kansas City: Can We Stop It?!?

Like it or not, things aren't looking good for Kansas City at the outset of beautiful, warmer weather. 

A stat that deserves to be repeated: 

Right now KCMO has recorded 51 homicides and that's more than 15% more than 2020 - The deadliest year in our history. 

A few other facts that don't bode well for the days ahead: 

- We're still down 300 police officers and police union leaders have warned us about the strain put on the rank & file trying to keep up with a tougher work load and divisive political climate. 

- A worsening economy looms as recession numbers take hold and poverty has always served to spark social unrest & crime. 

- Clearly, the cultural divide in Kansas City has become wider in the aftermath of the George Floyd riots/uprising and the current dispute over the Ralph Yarl shooting. 

Now . . . 

We're not quitters on this blog . . . We don't believe in fate or destiny without decisions, work and choice. That's why we'd rather pound on this keyboard in (my mom's) basement than work at a low-rent insurance company in order to keep a wife unhappy before she inevitably moved on to greener pastures. 

But I digress . . . 

The point here is actually more than a bit serious . . . 


There's some election chatter on this sordid topic . . . The politicking will pick up in June but by then it might be too late. 

We all know that 30-MILLION-BUCKS worth of no-show jobs for the politically connected isn't going to fix the problem.

In fact . . . A great deal of this crisis has to do with a lack of confidence that was demonstrated with embarrassingly low turnout to recent elections.

And so we share this passage seems relevant and offers a glimpse at the far reaching crisis of rising crime . . . Check-it:

"Whether or not crime actually is up in central city business districts, widespread fear of crime—driven in no small part by relentless media coverage—certainly is. This is forcing urban leaders to simultaneously confront rising public safety concerns while grappling with the numerous economic, social, and civic aftershocks of an enormously disruptive three years. Unfortunately, many of these aftershocks—such as emptier streets and vacant storefronts—are the very same issues that negatively impact perceptions of safety in the first place."

Read more via links . . .

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