really are no excuses for American citizens being forced to live and
work in these cesspools of violence where residents are literally
hostages in their own homes and cannot even venture out at night to go
to the store, dine at a restaurant, go to a park, or take a comfortable
stroll around the block on a nice balmy evening.
Today, the State Department issued travel advisories for
eleven of Mexico’s most violent states. In reading the advisories, I
noted that one of the areas that our State Department issued a “Threat
Level II” advisory for is Mexico’s Baja California area which includes
Dos Cabos and Cabo San Lucas. Both are popular vacation destinations for
American tourists. A Threat Level II advisory means that visiting
Americans should practice “increased caution” when visiting and
vacationing in that area.
Our State Department has also issued Threat Level III and IV
advisories for Mexican states and areas that include Mexico City,
Acapulco, Ixtapa, Sonora, Durango, Tamaulipas, Sinola, Colima, Michoacan
and Guerrero. These threat levels provide extreme warnings that forbid
federal employees from even visiting those areas due to “extreme
violence and active threats to safety.” Apparently, these travel
advisories have been issued as a direct result of significant increases
in the homicide and violence rates in a number of Mexican states due to
drug cartel activity. That is both reasonable and understandable. We
want Americans to be safe while traveling abroad, right?
As a practicing criminologist who recently wrote an article about the
FBI’s recent report on America’s thirty most violent cities and the
significant increases in violent crime and homicide rates in those
cities, I thought, “Why isn’t our State Department issuing travel advisories to Americans visiting our own violent cities?”
After all, our State Department issued a Threat level II travel
advisory for Americans visiting Baja, Mexico which has a homicide rate
of 61 homicides per 100,000 population; but not to St. Louis, MO or
Baltimore, MD which have the exact same murder rates as Baja. So what
Per capita and size-wise, Southside Chicago has a higher
homicide rate than Acapulco, Mexico, which our State Department has
banned our federal employees from visiting. However, our government
provides no warnings to Americans saying they shouldn’t visit that part
of the city.
I’ve noted that just based upon the reasonable logic of our State
Department to keep Americans safe, it would be prudent, helpful and
consistent for our government to put together a list of our most violent
American cities with out of control crime and homicide rates and then
post travel advisories for those areas too.
Personally, as a person who has to visit many of our nation’s most
violent cities for business, I’d just like to know what my risks are
when I’m there. For other Americans who would consider visiting those
cities for business or vacation, travel advisories would provide them
with important safety information which might have them reassess
visiting elsewhere for those purposes.
Can you just imagine the political and economic upheaval it would
cause those thirty out of control violent American cities if they were
placed on a “Warning! Do not visit or visit at your own risk”
list? Just looking at our nation’s ten most violent cities in descending
order: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Jackson,
MS, Baton Rouge, Hartford, CT, Salinas, CA, Milwaukee, and our nation’s
capitol Washington, DC.
As I have previously written,
statistically, an American would be safer as a soldier on patrol in the
Middle East clearing ISIS strongholds door to door; than walking the
mean streets of our thirty most violent American cities. That is a
serious thought to ponder.
There really are no excuses for American citizens being forced to
live and work in these cesspools of violence where residents are
literally hostages in their own homes and cannot even venture out at
night to go to the store, dine at a restaurant, go to a park, or take a
comfortable stroll around the block on a nice balmy evening.
For a free people to be forced to reside in homes and apartments with
iron barred doors and windows like a prison cell is an absolute
disgrace on a national level. It should not be tolerated. But why, do they tolerate it?
I believe that our citizens accept these violent environments because
they have become used to living with the psychological feelings of
hopelessness and despair caused by do-nothing liberal political city and
state administrations, all too complacent with the status quo. On a
political level, I would offer up to you that all thirty of our nation’s most violent cities are governed by liberal Democratic administrations. The relationship between inner city ghettos, violent crime and liberal politicians and policies is no coincidence.
Dr. Martinelli’s Book: The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police
As an example, let’s look at relatively small Salinas, CA with a
population of only 150,000, which in 2015 increased its homicide rate by
an incredible 150%. It is governed by Democrats, in a state governed by
uber-liberal Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown and its equally liberal
Democratic legislature; which recently declared California to be a
Salinas, a once quiet agricultural city in the state’s Central Coast
near Monterey, was the home of author John Steinbeck. Sequestered in
America’s “salad bowl,” it would be considered to be a “Middle American”
town. However, now the city has the dubious distinction of being listed
by the FBI as our nation’s #8 most violent city. As a direct result of
the state’s “Open Borders” illegal immigration mentality, Salinas now
has a significant presence of the violent MS-13 street gang.
At least 50% of the Salinas’ murders have been classified by police
as gang-related and/or with possible ties to know street gangs. A number
of other murders have been attributed to disputes over drug sales.
These are major urban city problems now occurring in the once placid
Salinas. In fact, the city’s 2015 homicide rate was seven times the
nation’s per capita murder rate per 100,000 population. What’s up with
Knowledgeable sources confide that Salinas’ dangerous rise in murders
is a direct result of low police staffing, the city’s sanctuary city
status, illegal alien crime, politically motivated abandonment of
proactive policing strategies designed to reduce crime and the passage
of Proposition 47 which reduced drug felonies to mere misdemeanors and
has fueled the surge in drug sales and abuse.
With a relatively small police force of officers, there is little
chance that the Salinas Police Department will be able to reduce the
city’s increasing violent crime rate. Its murder solvability rate is
only 24% which is far below the state’s average of a 64% homicide
clearance rate. The city’s 2015 homicide rate is five times the state’s
average of five murders per every 100,000 people. That’s a tough pill
for its Silicon Valley dot com commuting citizens to swallow in a city
where the price for an average-sized home is around $500,000 and state
taxes are through the roof.
Anyone who despairs and thinks that at least 70% of Salinas’ horrible
murder rate cannot be reduced by proactive policing strategies, more
conservative and assertive policies and programs that reduce illegal
immigration and illegal alien and gang crime are living in a liberal
Our nation’s capitol of Washington DC would also qualify for State
Department travel advisory status. In 2015, the District of Columbia
experienced an astronomical 50% rise in its murder from 2014. It should
be no surprise that the district’s political administration that was
once governed by crack-smoking Mayor Marion Berry is staunchly
Democratic. While there is lots of rhetoric in DC about reducing it’s
violent crime rate; there is zero activity or commitment to actually do
As a professional who’s business deals with violent death, I would
submit that unless our citizens support our law enforcement officers and
take back our municipal, state and federal governments and force the
modification of behavior of do-nothing, ineffective politicians, we will
be relegated to affixing more security bars on our doors, buying more
alarm systems, buying more guns to protect ourselves and living in the
squalor of the prison environments we created by our own inaction and
lack of political engagement.
And that’s a lot of food for serious thought. Be safe out there.
Dr. Ron Martinelli, a retired San Jose Detective and world
renowned forensic criminologist has done exhaustive research on the
Black Lives Matter movement. He wrote the book: The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police
For Further Insight:
“Black Lives Matter May Be A Cause of Our Nation’s Rising Homicide Rate,” Martinelli, Ron, Ph.D., www.americaoutloud.com, 01-02-18
FBI UCR Homicide statistics report, 2014 – 2015