Attorney General William Barr’s visit to Albuquerque last month highlighted this Justice Department’s ceaseless commitment to reducing violent crime.
Barr came to New Mexico to celebrate the successful conclusion of a coordinated federal-state-local law enforcement operation that took more than 300 wanted fugitives – including 10 alleged killers – off of New Mexico’s streets. The successful operation is merely one visible reminder of this administration’s serious commitment to keeping the American people safe.
Three years ago, while accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump promised to “make America safe again,” devoting an entire day of the Republican National Convention to the theme. The left went apoplectic, calling the emphasis on law and order “dark,” “dystopian” and “a pageant of fear.”
Those objections were misguided. There’s a reason President Trump won the presidency on that message. As he explained in his acceptance speech, the situation became dire in the final two years of the Obama administration. In 2015 alone, homicides increased 17% in America’s 50 largest cities, including a 60% increase in Baltimore and a 50% spike in Washington, D.C. In Chicago alone, there had been more than 2,000 shooting victims by the midway point in 2016, with no end to the carnage in sight.