Let’s talk about homicide rates in red cities vs. blue cities of similar size.
The biggest cities in America are almost entirely Democrat-controlled. Of all cities with over 500,000 people — 36 in total — only four have Republican mayors. But once you get into cities with populations just under the half-million mark, you get a decent mix of party control. From there, you can make some useful comparisons.
For this exercise, the cities I’ve included are those with a population of 400,000 to 500,000. I used the Mayor’s party as a loose proxy to label the city as either “red” or “blue” (I acknowledge that’s imperfect, but this isn’t a peer-reviewed paper).
Note that while Colorado Springs has an Independent who was sworn in two months ago, the city had a line of Republican mayors for decades before that, so I am counting that city as red for this exercise.
The homicide rates for each city in 2022 are as follows:
Atlanta: 170 homicides, or 34.1 per 100,000
Raleigh: 49 homicides, or 10.5 per 100,000
Long Beach: 36 homicides, or 7.7 per 100,000
Oakland: 134 homicides, or 30.4 per 100,000 (NOTE: 2021 data, couldn’t find 2022)
Minneapolis: 81 homicides, or 18.8 per 100,000
BLUE CITY HOMICIDE AVERAGE: 20.3 per 100,000
Omaha: 29 homicides, or 6.0 per 100,000
Colorado Springs: 54 homicides, or 11.3 per 100,000
Virginia Beach: 23 homicides, or 5.0 per 100,000
Miami: 47 homicides, or 10.6 per 100,000
Tulsa: 68 homicides, or 16.5 per 100,000
Bakersfield: 38 homicides, or 9.4 per 100,000
RED CITY HOMICIDE AVERAGE: 9.8 per 100,000
Failure is a choice. You don’t have to like Republicans, but people in all of these violent blue cities should demand better from their elected leaders.
Konstadinos Moros is an Associate Attorney with Michel & Associates, a law firm in Long Beach that regularly represents the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) in its litigation efforts to restore the Second Amendment in California. You can find him on his Twitter handle @MorosKostas. To donate to CRPA or become a member, visit https://crpa.org/.