The violence of lockdowns

By Christopher Harper

Violence from firearms nearly doubled in Philadelphia—a trend that occurred throughout the United States—during the city’s lockdown for much of last year.

That’s the conclusion of a group of doctors and scientists from Temple University and published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. See 10.1001/jama.2021.1534

“These analyses provide evidence of a significant and sustained increase in firearm violence in Philadelphia following the enactment of COVID-19 containment policies. Counts of individuals shot per week continued to increase during protests following the killing of George Floyd and remained high during the partial lifting of containment policies until the end of the study period,” the authors found.

This study accessed data from the Philadelphia Police Department’s registry of shooting victims from January 1, 2016, through November 26, 2020. This registry is updated daily and includes all individuals shot and/or killed with a firearm. There were no changes in data collection policies or practices in 2020. Compared with trauma center records, the police registry contains approximately twice the number of individuals shot with a firearm. 

The authors examined the data after three events:

  • The enactment of Philadelphia’s first COVID-19 containment policy (closure of nonessential businesses; March 16, 2020).
  • The killing of George Floyd (May 25, 2020).
  • The partial lifting of containment policies (June 26, 2020). 

During the 256 weeks included in the study, 7,159 people were shot in Philadelphia. The shootings stood at 25 per week before the lockdown in March. However, after the lockdown, the incidents jumped to 46 people shot per week in the 37 weeks of the policy. 

During 2020, Philadelphia saw 499 murders, an increase of 40 percent over the previous year and the second-highest rate in homicides since 1960. The city had 500 murders in 1990. Other cities saw similar increases. See https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/94292-us-homicide-rates-skyrocket-in-2020-exacerbated-by-the-covid-19-pandemic 

“The sustained nature of the increase in firearm violence observed in this study may be related to longer-term effects of COVID-19 containment policies, including intensifying unemployment and poverty, particularly in lower-income Philadelphia communities where shootings are most concentrated,” the analysis found.

Jessica Beard, a physician at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, headed the inquiry.

Reminder: There’s No “Suck it Up Whitey” Clause in Hostile Workplace Rules and Laws

One of the basic facts of life are that if you reward an activity you get more of it and if you punish an activity you get less of it.

Attacks on “whiteness” are a great example of it.

these days the rewards of attacking “whiteness” are great, government grants, places of honor in universities, jobs for people with degrees in various “woke” studies and companies and the elites rushing to embrace you and fund you to prove just how virtues they are without showing any sign of actual virtue.

It’s like the sale of Indulgences  on steroids.

There alas is a fly in the ointment that the various lawmakers, universities, corporations and media types have forgotten.

And that are laws and regulations concerning “hostile work environments”.

You see when the left pushed for these laws all those years ago in the name of “equality” they never dreamed of or didn’t anticipate a day where they might actually be the ones wielding power over their enemies. To them that was a fantasy and thus when those rules and laws were in place they never thought to exclude white people of European ancestry from using them.

What happens when they find out?

Imagine if you are a company says one of the largest drink manufacturers in the world or say one of the oldest universities in the nation with billions in endowments and one of your white employees having looked up the rules and laws concerning “hostile work environments” formally informs their manager in writing that the various workshops concerning purging whiteness creates such an environment for them?

What happens if said employee if rejected or laughed off by their superiors goes to a lawyer who notifies said company and / or university in writing of said complaint and also reminds them of additional penalties concerning retaliation against an employee who makes such a claim that might apply.

Now picture that potential suit multiplied by the largest single demographic in the nation and the potential paydays for the lawyers willing to bring those cases forward? The numbers are more staggering than Joe Biden’s 3 AM vote counts the night after the election and the risk adverse businesses and organizations

Suddenly the rewards of pushing these programs would be outweighed by the risks of a deluge of suits filed by Americans sick of being blamed for all the country’s problems while discovering the rewards of claiming victim status under the law.

And once the risks outweigh the rewards watch these people fold like wet blankets.