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Bryan Preston


January 6, 2014 - 9:10 am

Washington DC has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, even after the Heller decision. So how can it be that the city of just 632,000 saw nearly 1,400 armed robberies last year?

I mean, don’t the robbers know about all that gun control on the books? Don’t they know that the violent crime rate elsewhere around America is plunging?

In the year from Dec. 31, 2012 to this past Dec. 31, D.C. police reported 1,397 robberies in which a gun was shown, brandished or pointed.

With 103 homicides reported in the same period, the figures suggest that the likelihood of being robbed with a gun in the city is about 14 times greater than that of being slain by any means.

The number of gun robberies in 2013 was 97 fewer than in the previous year, a drop of more than 6 percent. It was, however, about 11 percent more than the 1,261 gun robberies reported to police in 2011.

Maybe all those robbers just assume that if David Gregory can get away with violating Washington’s gun laws, so can they.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"How can this be?"

the answer is always the same. More government and more rules.
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Maybe they could pass another law saying armed robbery really-really-really is illegal.
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The usual spiel is that all those gun crimes are due to the surrounding areas having looser gun control laws, and that if only those areas would get on the gun control band wagon, the gun crime in DC, would go down. What they never seem to consider is that crime rises in DC because criminals there don't face the prospect of a round betwixt their running lights, as they do in - say - Virginia. And of course, they don't realize that Virginia is glad to export their criminals to DC!
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