Gang crime denier Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been relentless in his twisted campaign to mislead when it comes to the gang crisis facing Georgia and the nation. Galloway’s latest installment in his soft-on-gangs crusade, a harangue entitled In an era of declining violence, Brian Kemp declares a gang crisis, appeared in the AJC on January 19.
In a misfire-laden, often rambling attack on Gov. Brian Kemp’s astute and conscientious move in favor of enhanced anti-gang protections for Georgia, Galloway’s invective bypasses a host of established gang facts, forsakes news reports and even ignores representations Galloway himself previously advanced.
A sampling of his latest soft-on-gang propaganda includes—but is definitely not limited to— the following.
Gang Crime Deniers
At the outset, Galloway’s denunciation never once admits that gangs are “bad” or responsible for any crime at all. The same detached vapidity marks Galloway’s earlier bloviating, which was part of a premeditated and partisan design to entangle efforts to battle the havoc and pain that gangs create.
The proof that gang crime is an existential threat to both Georgia and the United States is undeniable. The evidence of the crisis is overwhelming and far greater than theorizing about “manmade climate change.” (And remember, anyone who does not embrace leftist climate change orthodoxy, they rebuke as a “denier.”)
However, when the Galloways of the world crank out self-indulgent drivel about gangs, all while failing to recognize the magnitude and dangers, these ramblings earn them the title “Gang Crime Deniers.” Because the recalcitrance benefits gangs, Gang Crime Deniers are unmistakably inhabit a disturbingly dangerous “Pro-Gang Community.”
Disregard for Victims?
In the audience for Kemp’s State of the State address was Deborah Rider, whose 11-year-old son Nicholas was murdered by gunfire from a white Crips gang member while Nicholas was asleep in his bedroom with a Bible.
Conspicuously absent from Galloway’s column is the word “victim.” He provides no explanation for his refusal to include even a single gesture of humanity towards those whose lives have been destroyed by gangs.
Galloway’s ‘Expert’ Analysis
During Galloway’s thinly-veiled effort to ensure the election of Democrats Stacey Abrams and Charlie Bailey in 2018, Galloway piously demeaned the Georgia’s Gang Investigators Association’s estimate of 71,000 gang members in Georgia. (By the way, InsiderAdvantage stood up to Galloway’s obfuscation and bullying and published federal, academic and other expert material on gangs.)
At that point, Galloway located a non-Georgia based analysis to place Georgia gang membership at “71,000, plus or minus 30,000.”
Guess what? 40,000 gang members, the Galloway column’s “low-ball” number, still constitutes a gang crisis. Deceptively, Galloway’s admits none of this. Instead, Galloway simply returns to his imperious snorting at the GGIA study.
Gang Violence Exploding
Contrary to gang crime denier Galloway’s mischaracterization, violent crime– the lifeblood of gangs– is erupting at an alarming pace. Quoting from the Bureau of Justice Statistics the Conservative Review notes, “among U.S. residents age 12 or older, the number of violent-crime victims rose from 2.7 million in 2015 to 3.3 million in 2018, an increase of 604,000 victims.”
What about Georgia? According to the AJC, Democrat-controlled DeKalb County broke its own record for murders by last November 1. As for Atlanta, murder, rapes and aggravated assaults rose in 2019 in contrast to the previous year.
In the face of this, gang crime denier Galloway seems to want more—as opposed to less—“criminal justice reform” to protect against generating more gang crime victims.
Georgia Gang Arrests are Low
Galloway whines about possible law changes outlined by GBI Chief of Staff John Melvin during a summer of 2019 presentation. Yet none of what the liberal scribe fumes about is even remotely objectionable to anyone with a modicum of concern about public safety. If anything, a reasoned critique could be that they do not go far enough. This is particularly true, given rock-bottom Georgia and federal gang arrest rates.
Regardless, Galloway never identifies what sane and rational sheriff, chief of police, or district attorney would object to more (as opposed to less) hands-on-deck when it comes to combatting gangs. They would never do so.
Galloway also haplessly drifts further into a leftist fog bank when he postulates that moving against gangs is tantamount to the governor somehow “sailing against the wind” regarding the crisis. In reality, it was because Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr articulated forceful anti-gang visions that helped them prevail in the 2018 elections.
Time for Better Journalism
Had Galloway stepped away from the pro-gang community long enough to exercise some measure of propriety, he could have seized an opportunity to actually practice journalism.
For instance, Galloway could have asked leaders, “What are your proposals for better anti-gang laws?” Or, “If Georgia’s current gang laws are sufficient, then why are gang arrests so low and why is gang crime going up?”
Galloway quotes Democrat state Sen. Harold Jones to the effect that anti-gang legislation is creating a climate of hysteria. Given that there are over one million gang members in this country who commit the vast majority of America’s crime, the only thing “hysterical” would be refusing to support aggressive legislation and increased funding and resources to combat the gang crisis.
Not only hysterical… perhaps even insane.
Or merely, more evidence of gang crime denial.
Phil Kent is the CEO and publisher of InsiderAdvantage Georgia.