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Historic low in NYC, Chicago homicides

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by romma, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. romma

    romma Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2005

    NEW YORK - Chicago and New York are about to close out 2007 with the lowest number of homicides in more than 40 years, while cities such as Baltimore, Atlanta and Miami have seen killings go up because of what police say is a surge in guns and gang violence.

    New York City reported 488 slayings as of Friday, versus 596 for all of 2006. The city is on track to have the lowest number of killings since reliable record-keeping started in 1963.

    Homicides in New York reached an all-time high of 2,245 in 1990, making the city the nation's murder capital. Since then, the numbers have plummeted, and experts attribute the decline in part to computerized tracking of crime trends and the practice of strategically flooding high-crime areas with police officers instead of spreading them evenly through the precincts.

    Chicago is on track to have the lowest homicide toll since 1965, when police reported 395 killings. The city had logged 435 slayings through Dec. 26. In the early part of the decade, police often reported more than 600 a year.

    Chicago officials credit the improvement to their tough stance on gangs, guns and drugs.

    "Those three ingredients, so to speak, are what we're focused on," said police spokeswoman Monique Bond. "That's really what leads to random violence."

    Those factors were blamed for increases in murders in other cities.

    Atlanta had 126 homicides as of Dec. 26, compared with 111 for the same period a year ago. Police attributed some of the increase to a New Orleans-based gang

    that moved into town after Hurricane Katrina. Members of the International Robbing Crew are accused of killing at least seven people in Atlanta.

    In Miami, authorities say the proliferation of assault weapons led to an increase in killings, from 56 in 2005 to 79 in 2006 and 86 so far in 2007.

    "You just pull a trigger and 20 or 30 rounds come in a second and in those 20 rounds you're sure to hit your intended target and some innocent bystanders, totally unlike a firearm that is just one bullet every time you pull the trigger," Miami Police spokesman Willie Moreno said.

    Earlier this year, Baltimore was headed for its bloodiest year in nearly a decade. But the bloodletting eased up after a new police commissioner took office.

    The bloodshed in Baltimore is blamed on entrenched poverty, widespread drug addiction, failing schools and easy access to guns.

    Through Dec. 26, there were 280 homicides in Baltimore — four more than in all of 2006. Things looked even grimmer in mid-July, the day Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm resigned. At that point, Baltimore had 178 homicides, putting it on pace for a total of 325. The city has not topped 300 since 1999.

    The new police commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III, and Mayor Sheila Dixon have gone after repeat violent offenders more aggressively, flooded high-crime zones with officers, and revived a unit that traces illegal guns. Also, repeat gun offenders are being sent more frequently to the federal court system, where they face stiffer sentences.

    "They have become more focused, appropriately, on getting illegal guns off the streets and violent gun offenders off the street," said Daniel Webster, co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University.

    It has been a particularly bloody year for children in Baltimore: Twenty-seven of this year's homicide victims were under 18.

    In Philadelphia, killings dipped this year after reaching a nine-year high of 406 in 2006. Through midnight Tuesday, the city had 390 slayings, or 11 fewer than at the same point a year ago.

    Like Baltimore, Philadelphia is dealing with a rash of illegal handguns that officials believe are being used to resolve minor disputes.

    In other big cities, Phoenix reported 207 killings at the end of November, just shy of last year's total of 214 for the same period; Boston had 66 slayings as of Dec. 28, compared with 71 by the same point in 2006; Dallas was on track to finish considerably higher, with 200 homicides as of Dec. 26, versus 175 last year.

    _____:barf: The assault weapon lie is just sickening... Don't these police know anything about firearms?
  2. RKBABob

    RKBABob Active Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Pennsylvania - Where we cling to guns and religion
    My guess is that they do... but they have to make their citizens scared in order to justify their own budget, or perhaps their tactics.

    It may be a lie... but its also panic marketing at its finest.
    Scare the customer into behaving the way you want them to.

    For instance:
    "If you don't increase funding for the police, Willie the drug dealer will shoot up your kids' school with an AK47!"
    "Acme Chevrolet's Inventory Reduction Sale ends Friday! You'll never be able to save this much money again!"
    "We won't be able to fight these gangs without a tax increase... now that they have machine guns!"
    "This is what 'Feed the Hungry' has done in the past... but these kids will starve without your help!"
    "Who would begrudge us a small increase in our budget now that we are fighting terrorism, too?"
    "If you don't shop at Wal*Mart, you've been paying too much!"

    At any rate, it sounds better than the truth: "We need an increase in our budget because our leadership is totally incompetant, and we are now going to throw money at the problem... So support your city councilman's efforts to raise taxes and cut other municipal services!"
  3. blackhawk2000

    blackhawk2000 member

    Mar 25, 2003
    Numbers don't mean anything. I was at an FOP party, and was talking to some Detroit Officers. In case you didn't know Detroit is #1. Anyways they were talking about how they made #1 in spite of the city's efforts to cover up. 1 example I was given was a "triple suicide". The boyfriend, killed his kid, and his girlfriend, then killed himself. It's filed as a triple suicide.
  4. elrod

    elrod Active Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Heart of the Heart of Dixie
    This spokesman dosen't bother to point out that this is in violation of Federal and State law. No, it's the evil full-autos (which I seriously doubt being used) that mow down "innocent bystanders" as well as rivals. Whyinthehell dosen't someone in public office with just a little dab of common sense refute these outragous lies? :confused: I suppose the slope is a heap slipperier than we first thought! :cuss::fire::cuss:
  5. Ed Ames

    Ed Ames Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Tejas Norte
    The fact that something is a violation of federal law doesn't mean it is or isn't a problem. It is entirely possible that there are completely illegal and unregistered fully automatic assault weapons being smuggled in along with cocaine and other illegal substances.

    It is also possible that those weapons would be just fine in the hands of a law abiding person.

    The problem is blaming the materials instead of the people. That's something that started a long time ago and has been institutionalized along with the drug war. So long as the drug war is diverting billions of entertainment dollars from legal and regulatable businesses into a black market, people who disregard our laws will have money, time, and incentive to import more than just drugs.
  6. Mousegun

    Mousegun Active Member

    Dec 9, 2005
  7. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Senior Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Northwest IL--the other 'Downstate'
    That Richie Daley is a genius! Looking back on early 2007, when Monique announced that air guns needed to be registered but that 'few permits would be issued' I got warm and fuzzy.

    Ms. Bond was down with the 'discretionary' issue of permits for a &*%$#
    pellet gun. It just makes good sense.
  8. Eagle103

    Eagle103 Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Hmm. Guns are pretty darn easy to obtain around here but people don't seem to be shooting each other.

    My theory on the declining homicide rate is that the age group associated with gangs, drugs, and murder are too busy playing video games these days. Locking up the bad guys doesn't hurt either.
  9. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 25, 2002
    Down East in NC
    He gets the Clueless Talking Head of the Year award...and shame on the reporter for not doing five minutes' worth of research to straighten that out.
  10. sctman800

    sctman800 Active Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    Westville, Ill.
    I think another factor in Chicago having less killings is the city has been closing down the housing projects, forcing the residents move. Chicago killings may be down but downstate crime is up in many areas. In Vermilion county most of the shootings for the last couple years list either the shooter, the victim or both as having a Chicago adress or "formerly of Chicago.' Also a lot more gang signs have been showing up. Jim.
  11. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    That's a lie. Criminals are to blame for the bloodshed.
  12. Zoogster

    Zoogster Senior Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    NYC has undergone severe gentrification, displacing most lower income residents, and therefore displacing most of the population that gang homicides stem from.

    The city does not even resemble what it did. Places once known for being tough streets are now very expensive areas. Places like Harlem once known for being predominantly African American are now predominantly middle class with many previous residents relocted to cheaper places, and few African Americans.

    Places like Brooklyn, the Bronx etc once known by name as tough rugged places are now very expensive upper middle class and the culture it was previously associated with can no longer afford to live there.
    Many of them relocated to parts of Jersey and other nearby regions.

    So far from any police victory, or social/political successes, the crime rate is a change of the city becoming too expensive for most of the population that commits the majority of crime to live.
    Most of the problems simply are relocating.

    The same is true for Chicago.

    Even L.A. is seeing the same thing. Most of the population that commits most of the homicides cannot afford to live near downtown. They are moving inland.
  13. nwilliams

    nwilliams Senior Member

    Dec 10, 2006
    Santa Fe, NM

    Of course they are going to credit their stances on gun control with a lower crime rate, so pathetic. Makes me glad I live in one of the free States.
  14. frankie_the_yankee

    frankie_the_yankee Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    Smithville, TX
    Ed sez....
    Begin rant:

    And yet there are those who vigorously maintain that the present legal controls on machine guns are unconstitutional infringements on the 2A, and that we would be better off if anyone could buy any gun, including full autos, with no questions asked (i.e. no background check - another infringement) and carry it anywhere they went.

    End rant:

    None of this excuses the Miami chief's obvious lie. I've never seen a news report stating that actual full auto firearms were being used by Miami's criminal element. It's sad to say, but these days, you simply can't trust the news. Standards of journalism went down the toilet years ago. And the propagandists masqueradeing as journalists today will readily blur the distinction between semi and full autos if they believe that it serves a "cause" they believe in.
  15. frankie_the_yankee

    frankie_the_yankee Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    Smithville, TX

    You nailed it!
  16. Ready2Defend

    Ready2Defend New Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    My pencils always got "D"s in spelling while I was in elementry school. It wasn't me, it was the pencils fault. If only their were an effective pencil ban in the 60's I would not have gotten all those bad grades.
  17. Josh Aston

    Josh Aston Active Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Mountain Home, ID
    It's not all the pencils. Just those vicious looking No. 2's, and those awful mechanical pencils. We should just ban any pencil that has a lead greater than .04" in diameter. And all mechanical pencils should be heavily restricted. Their manufacture must be ceased. Existing mechanical pencils can be used but you must have them registered and pay an exorbitant fee. That should fix everyone's spelling problems.
  18. sig226

    sig226 Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Palm Beach County
    Frankie you're free to suggest amendments to the constitution any time you like. But even when it doesn't say what you want, it is the law of the land and it is supposed to be obeyed.
  19. frankie_the_yankee

    frankie_the_yankee Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    Smithville, TX
    The law of the land allows for background checks, registration of full autos, and all manner of local restrictions on the purchasing and carrying of guns.

    You or I are perfectly free to have opinions on what we think the Constitution means, or what it should mean. But it is the courts, and ultimately The Supreme Court, that have the final word on what the Constituion does mean. And that defines what the law of the land is.

    Not you or me.

    The NFA has been on the books for 70 years now. There has been no successful challenge. And there isn't going to be, in my opinion.

    If you believe it to be unjust, it is you that are in need of an amendment, not me.

    No rights are unlimited, though many seem to wish some of them were. The courts must deal with conflicts between rights, and between rights and enumerated powers.

    You and I are free to consult dictionaries, the opinions of others, or whatever source of information we please to form our own opinions as to what the Constitution means. And we should always have these issues in mind at the times when we get to exert our own influence on the process - when we step into a voting booth.

    The courts and the case law they generate are what define what it does mean, at any point in time. Sometimes they get it wrong, in my opinion. (See Plessey v Ferguson, or the recent ruling on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.) And the corrective process can take many years. But that's the nature of the system, and how we achieve the rule of law - instead of the rule of the mob or simple anarchy.
  20. Nomoney

    Nomoney New Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    that comes out to 1,200 to 1,800 rounds per minute. Holy cow! I didn't our street thugs were totin' MG42s:eek:

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