Monday, January 03, 2011

Where's the Celebration?

D.C. homicides fall 9% in 2010 to 131, lowest toll since '63
PG also down; Montgomery up

Two years after Heller, D.C. posts lowest murder rate in half-century -- In fact, two years after District residents had their right to keep and bear arms restored by the Supreme Court, the homicide rate for Washington, D.C., was the lowest it's been in half a century.

"The District finished 2010 with 131 homicides — a 9 percent reduction from 2009 and the lowest number of killings in the nation's capital since 1963," reports the Washington Times. "The drop, from 143 killings, was the second straight decline and the seventh time in the last 10 years that the city once referred to as the 'murder capital' of the U.S. recorded fewer than 200 homicides."

Does correlation imply causation? Not always, especially considering that the bureaucratic iron maiden engineered by Mayor Fenty and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier has made it quite difficult for law-abiding citizens to own guns. But it helps to remember the position taken by the Brady Center the day the Heller decision was announced: "After the Heller ruling, as before, approximately 80 Americans will continue to die from guns every day." Perhaps: But fewer of those deaths are occurring in a city that once saw 482 murders in a year. That's progress!

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