Massive crime spike stems from social unrest, COVID lockdowns destabilizing communities: expert
Massive social upheaval spurred by the coronavirus pandemic is in large part to blame for the national surge in violent crime — not guns, an expert told Fox News Digital.
"We have crime because we have people," said Amy Swearer, a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "Crime is a very complex subject."
From the early 1990s through 2019, there was a national decline in violent crime, but the pendulum swung back in 2020, she said.