A new CDC report issued on Tuesday cautioned that firearm homicides increased in 2020 to their highest levels since 1994, and a CDC Director claimed that planting more trees would go a long way to curbing the violence. It is gaffes like this that show just how disconnected from reality the administration is, and why they will probably lose a lot of support in November. “We’ve also funded research around greening initiatives to where you can go in and make a vacant lot look better by planting grass and trees. That’s been shown to reduce firearm assaults by up to 29% in impoverished areas” states Dr. Debra Houry, acting principal deputy director and head of the National Center for Injury Prevention, which works under the CDC. In the CNN report, which quotes her, their article presents Houry as having a bloody history of gun violence earlier in her career as a physician. [tweet_embed] May 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] To back up her point regarding the beautification of vacant lots in urban areas, they link to a 2018 UPenn study. “Neighborhoods where vacant lots were cleaned up experienced a 29 percent reduction in gun violence, 22 percent decrease in burglaries, and 30 percent drop in nuisances like noise complaints and illegal dumping,” the study argues. Their conclusions amount to how environmental surroundings play a part in improving social cohesion. The study involved researchers being randomly assigned 541 different lots, which then received either significant renovations, minor touch-ups, or no revamping at all (the control group). [tweet_embed] May 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] Paper author John MacDonald was impressed with how the findings established a “substantial reduction in crime” due to the research. “Particularly, a large reduction in gun assaults in neighborhoods in Philadelphia's lower 50 percent of income distribution.” As for the latest May 2022 gun report, the researchers in the CDC discoveries state that 2020’s COVID pandemic accelerated firearm homicide by 4.5 times higher and gun suicides by 1.3 times as much in poorer neighborhoods when compared with their upper-class counterparts. That was a sticking point for Dr. Houry. “If we’re going to look at where to intervene, it’s in a lot of these impoverished communities,” she explained to CNN. [tweet_embed] May 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] The yearly leap in overall homicide rates was 34.6 percent per 100,000 people between 2019 and 2020. The CDC report also states that 79 percent of homicides and 53 percent of suicides involved guns. [tweet_embed] May 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] Last Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland declared an Office of Environmental Justice within the DOJ to address some of the abovementioned points. “Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change,” Garland stated.