Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, November 6, 2015

“Ferguson Effect” As Real As Santa Claus!

Take a good look at the chart above. This chart shows violent crime rates in America over the past few decades. Notice how the overall trend shows a consistently sharp decline? That’s because, contrary to media sensationalism, violent crime in America has been decreasing, not increasing.

Overall violent crime is at an all-time decades-long low. At no other time in our history have we ever been safer. If anything, you’re more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.

Unfortunately, it seems like the police would have you believe otherwise.

If FBI Director James Comey is to be believed—and he shouldn't!—violent crime in America has been skyrocketing. Why? Because ever since Ferguson, police allegedly have been too afraid to do their job out of fear that their actions will be publicly vilified.

This pulled-straight-out-of-the-anus “theory” is called the “Ferguson effect”, and it’s a “theory” equally as valid as flat-earth geocentrism. There simply is no evidence to substantiate it. There has been no increase in violent crime, especially following Ferguson.

The “Ferguson effect” is nothing more than law enforcement exhibiting a persecution complex in order to derail serious discussion of police brutality and accountability—sort of like how feminist SJWs like Anita Sarkeesian scream "harassment" when other people point out the flaws in their arguments. It’s in the same vain as the “war on police”which is equally phony, considering that police deaths, like overall violent crime, has been decreasing, not increasing.

But don’t take my word for it. Allow the ever-erudite Daily Show replacement for Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, to decimate this myth of the Ferguson effect:

But according to some, the Ferguson effect is a real issue. People claim that the police are unable to do their jobs because they're afraid of being caught doing their jobs badly. And this is a big problem, unless you deal in facts, in which case, it's not actually a problem. Because, you see, a recent study says it's too soon to blame any crime increase on the Ferguson effect, especially since crime has been trending downward for more than twenty years. But these are just facts. They don't count. It doesn't matter what the facts are. The only thing that matters is how the police feel.

...But the police are just trying to make a basic point. People are treating them unfairly, just because of who they are and how they look. People following them around with cameras, watching everything they do, suspicious that they're always about to break the law. Leaving police afraid to even get out of their cars for fear that someone might whip out a phone and brutally film them. Who can imagine how that must feel? And if you listen carefully, all the police are saying is "phones down, don't shoot."
Of course, if these overgrown cry babies want to stop doing their job, by all means, let them do so. Maybe things will turn out like New York City a year or so ago when everything became better after the cops stopped doing their jobs.