Medan tobakslobbyn för länge sen har förlorat sitt inflytande i USA, och den tidigare så mäktiga Israrel-lobbyn nu har mött sitt första Waterloo, så fortsätter den tredje stora lobbygruppen i USA, vapenlobbyn att utöka sitt inflytande.
Något som nu ger resultat i form av fler mord i 30 amerikanska städer.
Monica Davey och Mitch Smith skriver i New York Times:
Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities
Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014.
More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.
Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing. Some officials say intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals, though many experts dispute that theory.
Mordsiffrorna har under flera år pekat neråt i USA, men den trenden verkar nu alltså vända uppåt. Med katastrofalt resultat för miljoner amerikaner som nu lever i vad som närmast likar en krigszon.
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