Time has proven the anti-gun fear mongering wrong thinking.
In 1989, District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry felt obligated to offer a rationalization for his city’s horrific homicide rate, stating, “Outside of the killings, we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”
This week, Washington’s WTOP radio station filed a report highlighting just how far D.C. has come from the days when it was referred to as the nation’s “murder capital.”
The article points out that “[f]rom 1990 through 1995, the city averaged more than 430 homicides annually… In 2012, D.C. totaled just 88 homicides.” Further, although there was an increase in homicides in 2013 and the first portion of 2014, the piece makes clear that “from an historical perspective, the rate is extremely low.”
In an interview with the station, Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department credited community policing tactics for the turnaround. The executive director of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District echoed those sentiments. Others might cite as an important factor what the Washington Post in 2013 called “the avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade.”