The Ever-Predictable March of the Gun Grabbers
So what are the differences in the homicide rates between Tucson and Washington, D.C.? As it turns out, they are staggeringly different. And if you obtain most of your news from liberal sources, you would believe the murder rate winner would go to that city located in the Wild, Wild West: Tucson, Arizona. And you would be wrong.
According to Tucson Police Department records, by December 2010, the city -- which is located 60 miles north of the Mexican border -- experienced 51 murders by the use of guns.
Washington police records, meanwhile, recorded 131 homicides in 2010, nearly three times the Tucson rate.
In fact, the extraordinarily high 2010 D.C. numbers constituted a decline in the city’s murder rate. A year after permitting D.C. residents to keep a handgun in their homes, the city experienced a 9% drop in killings, down from 144 in 2009. This development flies in the face of the traditional liberal ideology and analysis. When the Supreme Court ruled against gun control advocates in 2008, they loudy decried the Heller ruling, saying it would lead to more not less killlings. Sen. Dianne Feinstein typified many comments, predicting: “I believe the people of this great country will be less safe” because of the ruling.
So after having some of the most restrictive gun laws on the books, the District of Columbia continues to suffer one of the highest murder rates in the nation.
The bottom line: D.C. experiences 22 slayings for every 100,000 residents. Tucson has about 7 per 100,000.
My wish is that the gun control lobby, which continues to exploit terrible tragedies for political gain, will concede defeat in the real world and remain silent during national sorrow.
Or maybe the words of the late country music star Chet Atkins will one day come true: “Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.”