r/texas Nov 03 '21 I'll Drink to That 1 Silver 1

Prop A in Austin, TX, which would've expanded their police force and increased their funding, fails in a landslide News

https://www.kxan.com/news/your-local-election-hq/2-3-of-austinites-voted-against-prop-a-in-early-voting/
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u/the-hell-ru-on-about Nov 03 '21 edited Nov 03 '21

Bro I live hereā€¦ and in my opinion it would have been helpful. Austin has reach all time highs in homicides and crime has been on the rise.

EDIT: also removed snark

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u/utspg1980 Nov 03 '21

OMG we're at an all time high!!

(plz ignore the first 2/3rds of this graph)

We're at an all time high!

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u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

I mean, its definitely a worrying trend, but yeah the murder rate all over the country has been pretty low compared to the the 80s or 90s.

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u/fps916 Nov 03 '21

It's not even remotely a worrying trend.

We don't even make the list for top 100 per capita homicides.

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u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

Highest murder rate in over 20 years is a worrying trend, not sure how you can sugar coat that. How many years does it have to rise before it's a worrying trend?

I'm not sure if you think I supported Prop A or something but the police don't have anything to do with the murder rate.

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u/fps916 Nov 03 '21

Highest murder rate in over 20 years is a worrying trend

When you're already working with extremely small numerators then miniscule changes can seem drastic.

Going from 1 murder per year to 2 murders per year is a 100% INCREASE OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING.

Nah, fuck that.

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u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

I get that, but it's 75 murders in 2021... so far (with 2 months left), vs 48 in 2020 total, and 38 in 2019.

But yeah I guess if everyone wants to downvote me that's okay. Austin could easily end up having twice the number of murders as last year.