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  • Is it that or are they just missing a lot?
  • The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it that or are they just missing a lot?


    They killed off everyone that needed killing.
  • Kids today are just lazy. Back in my day, if we wanted to shoot someone we had to go out with a real gun and get some exercise. Nowadays, they just play Grand Theft Auto or something. They will never get anywhere with their phony "virtual violence."
  • Any farker quick with charts? Curious to see what the 10 year trend was
  • I though Minneapolis was the "Murderapolis" in the 90s
  • The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it that or are they just missing a lot?


    I actually had a semi-more serious related query. I would think in 20 years our capabilities in ER care would have improved, maybe even dramatically, in that people who were brought in and died 20 years ago are now able to recover.... and thusly, not reported as a homicide.

    These reports sound pretty "cut and dry". This later on in the article seems to point to overall violent crime going way down though...

    The department doesn't track non-fatal shootings, but the number of aggravated assaults reported to the FBI - which would encompass such crimes - dropped from 8,568 in 1992 to 2,949 last year.
  • brantgoose: I blame Obama Marion Barry.



    FTFY
  • dletter: I actually had a semi-more serious related query. I would think in 20 years our capabilities in ER care would have improved, maybe even dramatically, in that people who were brought in and died 20 years ago are now able to recover.... and thusly, not reported as a homicide.


    It was a little flippant I'll admit.
  • The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it that or are they just missing a lot?


    Maybe they should check the nails on all those boarded-up vacant houses.

    Actually DC is nothing like it was in the early 1990's. I used to go to clubs around Half Street SE, and even for a 6'2 295 lb guy like me it felt like taking my life in my own hands sometimes. Now that the Ballpark went up nearby it's called "The Capitol Waterfront" and the area is all expensive condos and trendy wine bars
  • Washington D.C. is getting too safe. This makes our politicians soft, putting our nation at risk.

    We need to immediately move our nation's capital to East St. Louis, before the Russians or Chinese take advantage of our growing weakness.
  • What's strange is that while the murder rate in DC saw a drastic fall, the murder rate in Chappaqua, NY skyrocketed. That has since dropped, but there is a whole new problem in Bedford Hills.
  • gopher321: brantgoose: I blame Obama Marion Barry.


    FTFY


    I blame the biatch that set him up
  • cman: Any farker quick with charts? Curious to see what the 10 year trend was


    This is the best I can do in the way of a chart:

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/share/cli p?f=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8 4 27ebtcqvgvsgo

    A number of factors are involved in dropping violent crime rates (few of them specific to Washington, DC):

    1) demographics--the population is aging and thus becoming less criminal--there are fewer young people and young men between 16 and 25 commit most violent crimes;

    2) African American demographics--despite everything, the life expectancy of black males has increased--faster perhaps than among other demographic groups--this underscores the effects of an aging and thus more responsible population. With black males living longer, more youths have father figures if not fathers;

    3) Crime fighting has returned to community based crime fighting and reinforcement of positive community living conditions. Cops are more often on the street, and with fewer violent crimes, have more time to patrol, which can produce a small positive feedback.

    4) Crack is old hat. Drug use has declined somewhat, and the effects of the new drug may simply have worn off, or the crackheads have found treatment and support.

    5) The economic situation of blacks improved a certain amount over the decades because of or despite various Presidential and Congressional efforts.

    6) Despite spawning reverse racial profiling by banks and rip-off artists of that ilk (which used to refuse loans in certain neighbourhoods to certain people rather than targetting them with surprise balloon payments on the back end), and major property loses by the naive and ill-informed, the government policies which favoured home-ownership may have created a greater investment and stability in communities where home-ownership increased greatly before 2007.

    7) There are cellphones with cameras every where. It is harder to commit a crime without somebody capturing your image in pixels. Cellphones can be used not only to capture criminals, but to protest against poor maintenance, horrible housing, potholes--anything that can be shown in a photograph posted to Facebook or elsewhere. This makes it harder for landlords, authorities, city workers and all sorts of other people to slack off in their duties, which means a cleaner, safer, better-maintained community with higher property values, a better tax-base and ultimately a better place to live.

    8) There may be many, many more obsucre or local factors, but these are common to every place in America, almost, and even much of the rest of the world.
  • Did they all do the moving to Detroit?
  • Lionel Mandrake: gopher321: brantgoose: I blame Obama Marion Barry.


    FTFY

    I blame the biatch that set him up


    I think maybe you just might be missing the irony implied in blaming Obama for a major decline in murders in Washington, DC, rather than congratulating him on the same.
  • Murder is down because they're all stuck in one of those stupid traffic circles with lights.
  • I think the K Street people scared the murderers into moving out.
  • FTFA: And better medical care, honed through lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, means patients who were once stabilized at the scene are more likely to be taken directly to the hospital, where they have access to improved blood transfusion processes.

    So.... people are still being shot but our medical technology has advanced to the point that fewer people die of gun shot wounds anymore. Win?
  • There's still plenty of time.

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  • meow said the dog: Did they all do the moving to Detroit?


    A lot moved to PG County.
  • No, it's just because we live in a highly controlled state currently, and with everyone "looking for bad guys," who's minding the hen-house? Release the hounds!
  • Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: And better medical care, honed through lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, means patients who were once stabilized at the scene are more likely to be taken directly to the hospital, where they have access to improved blood transfusion processes.

    So.... people are still being shot but our medical technology has advanced to the point that fewer people die of gun shot wounds anymore. Win?


    Maybe! If the guy who got shot thinks to himself "Man, I'd rather never go through that again."

    //I'm picturing the classic "drug deal gone wrong" situation.
  • The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it that or are they just missing a lot?


    /they always miss the target they are shooting at. Gang members aren't known for fire discipline. More along the lines of "turn my gun sideways so i can't use the sights and spray and pray." Generally ending up shooting an innocent bystander,
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