I'm sure that the people of Louisville wish they hadn't set this record. Louisville homicides: 2021 breaks all-time record of 173 murders
I expected that the previous record would have been decades ago, but the previous record was set just last year.
Two deadly shootings less than six hours apart have pushed Louisville to 175 homicides in 2021, surpassing last year's grim record for murders in a year.
I'm sure there will press conferences in which the politicians will explain that crime is really down and that there is nothing to fear and you should keep voting for the same politicians and the same failed policies.
Of this year's homicides, the vast majority of victims — about 75% — were Black, police data show, continuing to raise alarms about the disproportionate impact of gun violence on the city's Black communities.
But enforcing the law is racist. Or something. You should pay no attention to the statistics.
Civilization rests on security. Without law and order, you are, as Hobbes said many years ago, you are living in a "State of War.".
Hereby it is manifest that, during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man. [SNIP]
In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.