Reported at the Gateway Pundit, San Francisco will begin testing out a new program that will pay 10 individuals who are at “high risk of shooting someone” up to $500 a month if they do not shoot someone. This comes as an effort to curb the spike in violent crimes this year.
Starting in October, The Dream Keeper Fellowship will use the unique initiative to pay 10 criminals a base salary of $300 a month if they don’t shoot other people. If these 10 individuals have a job, are in school, or act as “a mediator in situations that could lead to violence” they could earn an additional $200.
Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told Newsweek in an interview Tuesday, “It’s not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think. It’s not as transactional as, ‘Here’s a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,’ but it really is about how you help us improve public safety in the neighborhood.”
Those participating in the program will be matched with life coaches from the San Francisco Street Violence Intervention Program and will be “community ambassadors” who are working to prevent violence. More like bribed to not commit violence. What happens when that money stops?
Despite some robust gun laws, San Fransisco has seen an increase in gun-related violence this year according to mid-year data released by police. From January to August there were 119 gun violence victims which is more than doubled from 2020, which was 58. The city also reported 26 homicides while there were only 22 in 2020.
Gun violence has increased nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Gun Violence Archive. So far in 2021, there have been 13,601 gun-related deaths, including homicide, murder, and suicides or accidents. For all of 2020, that number was 19,411. It was 15,448 in 2019.
An analysis from March by the San Francisco police found that most gun violence is linked to 12 high-risk groups with “extensive justice system histories.”
One program, in Richmond, California, resulted in fewer firearm deaths, but more non-firearm deaths took place instead. Another program, in Stockton, California, boasted that 71% of participants finished the course with “no new gun arrests.” However, nearly a third were arrested during the course and the city saw a 60% rise in homicides, nearly double the national average increase.
It would seem that Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Gavin Newsome aren’t doing such bang-up jobs in California. Especially when they have to resort to bribing criminals to not be criminals.
Be sure to check out what’s happening in Australia. Is that coming here next?