Originally Posted by RedBloodedAmerican
Can you please provide a source for that statistic (in bold). I believe DC has been the murder capital of the US as late as 2002. But I having a hard time finding stats that DC is the Murder Capital for either 2003 or 2004.
I don't personnally believe in banning handguns/shotguns for protection or "sport".
By volume, Chicago was the 2003 murder capitol, not DC. Chicago had 599 murders in 2003.
Chicago is another city with a gun ban. Notice a pattern here? DC rates their murder rates as per capita, Chicago does not.
The stats I have for DC show this:
2003 murders: 248
2004 murders: 188
The 2003 numbers are concrete, the 2004 numbers might move + or -, they take forever to release the official reports. In 2002, the worst year in DC history, they had 262 murders. As a point of reference DC has around 600,000 people and had 248 murders in 2003. San Fran has roughly 800,000 and had 87 murders in 2003. DC is a scary place.
I'm not sure why San Fran is even going to pursue this, the idea just doesn't work and in the national media it reinforces the "crazy liberal" southern California stereotype. It's been tried in DC and Chicago, those cities have the among the highest murder rates every year. Why punish law abiding citizens? They did this before in 1982 and it was overturned, why bother again? Are they going to send police door to door to confiscate firearms from their legal owners? I feel sorry for the cops who get assigned that duty.