Folks don’t feel safe in Joe Biden’s America.
According to a new poll from the Trafalgar Group, a majority of Americans feel less safe under President Joe Biden than they did under former President Donald Trump just two years ago; 67.9% feel less safe.
From The Washington Examiner:
The survey included 1,079 respondents, with only 27.1% reporting they feel as safe today as they did two years ago. A slight plurality of likely Democratic voters, 47.8%, reported they felt safe versus only 9.8% of Republican voters reporting the same.
Majorities of men, women, all races, and all age groups reported feeling unsafe. In particular, 90.9% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 reported feeling as such.
Seventy percent of Asian Americans, 68.4% of white people, 64.7% of Hispanic Americans, and 58.1% of black people said they feel less safe than they did two years ago.
No by Party:
— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 22, 2022
Last week, GOP Senators, including Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN), sent a letter to President Biden asking him to step up the fight against violent crime in our nation’s cities.
“Rampant crime is not inevitable — tough law enforcement can stop it,” Blackburn and Hagerty wrote. “But that requires a commitment to law enforcement.”
The letter states:
At a minimum, your Administration should immediately take the following actions:
The Department of Justice should maximize the resources devoted to prosecuting felons in possession of firearms under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) and fully utilize the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e), and the 15-year mandatory minimum sentences it carries, including by hiring more Assistant United States Attorneys dedicated to prosecuting these cases. This is a critical means of getting dangerous, repeat offenders off the streets, and more prosecutors would make a huge difference in Memphis, according to city officials, by allowing the local U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute more of the many federal firearms offenses that occur there each year.
The Department of Justice should revive Operation Legend, which was initiated by the Trump Administration in 2020 and named for a 4-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Kansas City. This Operation deployed federal law enforcement officers in nine major American cities to help state and local law enforcement partners combat violent crime. From July to December of 2020, under Operation Legend, over 6,000 arrests were made, including approximately 467 for homicide, more than 2,600 illegal firearms were seized, and over 17 kilos of fentanyl were seized. In Memphis, this Operation resulted in 266 arrests, with 124 individuals charged with federal crimes of violence or narcotics.
Relatedly, the Administration should provide substantial federal grant funding to state and local jurisdictions that must be used to hire more law enforcement officers and provide retention bonuses to those who continue to work tirelessly to protect their communities, as well as to acquire the necessary resources and equipment to fight violent crime. This funding should not be accompanied or limited by anti-law-enforcement constraints. Recent attrition among law enforcement agencies around the country has been well-publicized, and we cannot allow a lack of resources to be an impediment to combating the ongoing crime wave. Whether to fund the police should not be a difficult question, and as President of the United States, you should firmly and clearly denounce the individuals and groups who continue to push defund-the-police rhetoric and stand in the way of additional federal funding to support state and local law enforcement officers.
The Administration should stop wasting federal taxpayer dollars on jurisdictions that refuse to utilize basic public safety tools to prevent dangerous offenders from returning to the streets and reoffending, including jurisdictions that ignore the law and refuse to prosecute or seek jail time for serious crimes and jurisdictions that have curtailed the use of bail and pretrial detention, thereby allowing criminals to immediately return to the streets and resume their criminal activity.
The Administration should secure our southern border to prevent the endemic drug and human trafficking and criminal violence traveling across it. In 2021, a record number of Americans (107,622) died of drug overdoses—in large part fueled by fentanyl that is being trafficked across the border—and our border was open to a record-setting degree, with border crossings setting an all-time record (more than 2,000,000), though this record is on pace to be quickly eclipsed in 2022. It is well past time that your Administration stop ignoring and denying this national security crisis, which fuels a drug trafficking and violent crime crisis across our country, to prevent hundreds of thousands more tragic and preventable American deaths and the crime wave that accompanies them.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 14, 2022