Washington DC Saw Nearly 1400 Armed Robberies in 2013. How Can This Be?

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.


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