Newt Gingrich warns of civil breakdown amid rising crime

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Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has warned that “civilization will crumble” if crime rates in major cities across the country continue to soar and negligent district attorneys fail to enforce the law. law.

“When you have the level of crime that you have in New York or Chicago or Atlanta, all of a sudden you start to realize that we have to do something,” Gingrich told John Catsimatidis on his show. WABC 770 AM radio in a broadcast interview. on Sunday, while also citing soaring murder rates in New Orleans and Philadelphia.

“People are going to start realizing that you have to change district attorneys, and you have to hire enough police, and you have to enforce the law,” the Georgia Republican said. “Otherwise, civilization will collapse.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner have come under fire for enacting criminal justice reforms as crime spikes in their cities.

The serious crime rate has risen 35.6% in the past three months in the Big Apple from a year earlier, with robberies, burglaries, robberies and auto thefts all increasing, according to NYPD figures.

“You have to change the district attorneys and hire enough police,” urged Newt Gingrich.
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Mayor Eric Adams and other elected officials, especially Republicans, have called for an end to controversial bail reform laws that create a revolving door for offenders in the justice system.

As of Sept. 17, Philadelphia has recorded 387 homicides, putting it on pace to top 562 for all of 2021, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

Gingrich, who served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, said criminals in these cities benefit from a lax legal system.

Chicago crime.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago.
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Crime in New York.
Serious crime in New York has increased by 35.6% over the past three months.
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“If you’re a felon in Philadelphia, you like the current district attorney. If you’re a criminal in Manhattan, you love the current district attorney. You want to vote for him, campaign for him, help fund him,” he said.

“We should not underestimate the part of this [represents] remarkable growth of a … gray economy made up of people who earn their money solely through illegal activities.

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