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Atlanta mayor blames lifting lockdown for rise in murders

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a press conference after a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:57 PM PT – Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Mayor of Atlanta has blamed the recent rise of murder in her city as the result of opening earlier than other cities. Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Friday, people traveling to the city because of the premature lockdown lift has been the biggest cause of the spike.

Nightclubs and other businesses stayed open in Atlanta after Georgia reopened its economy in May 2020, while other states remained in lockdown. Acknowledging other Democrat-run cities have seen a rise in crime too, Bottoms also blamed easy access to firearms.

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“Until we deal with the systemic issues of gun violence in this country, how easily young people, people with mental illnesses can access guns in this country,” she explained. “I’m afraid that this will not be the last Summer we are having this conversation.”

Since the defund the police movement took major cities by storm last summer, murder is up almost 60 percent in Atlanta. It’s up by double digit amounts in other Democrat-led cities such as New York City and Chicago.

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1 COMMENTS

  1. Good grief.

    It’s not about fun access – they’re MORE available outside these cities, where there is LESS crime. Criminals are encouraged when they believe their potential targets are unarmed.

    It’s not about ending lockdowns. Lockdowns have caused stress that lead to suicides and killings, as well as fights and domestic violence. By claiming this, she is ADVOCATING treating her citizens like convicts in a prison, where real “lockdowns” are the stuff of near-last-resort efforts to restore and maintain order among a population of criminals, many with severe attitude problems and lack of normal American – or even human – social skills, mental faculties, and emotional maturity, nevermind regard for other people.

    Teach the children to care about others, respect the law, be responsible for themselves. Teach them they are ALL created equal

    Give them real knowledge of our history, of the many great and inspiring and lifting aspects, as well as the Declaration, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, as well as the many efforts to make our union more and more perfect.

    Pursue and correct/punish those who break laws and violate the God-given rights of others. Campaign AGAINST the criminals and abusers’ demands for secrecy, indulgence, accomodation, and the whole “snitches get stitches” social order they thrive in.

    For Heaven’s sake, institute or revive the policies of President Trump which were freeing citizens to build their lives, dreams, and businesses. Support individual independence, so that each person has hope they can make a difference for themselves and others.

    And give up the “Utopia can be achieved through hating the right people, restricting the majority, and whining/hating/violence/burning/looting, etc. Happiness cannot be had by “taking” it from others.

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