Despite Extreme Gun Control Baltimore Murder Rate Greater Than Chicago
While Chicago continues to make national headlines, Baltimore’s murder rate is more than double Chicago’s and this despite extreme gun control measures.
According to WJZ, murders occur so frequently in Baltimore that the number of murders in the city is higher than the number in Philadelphia, even though Philadelphia “has two and a half times the population.” Moreover, Baltimore sees more murders than New York City, although NYC “is almost 14 times larger.”
This, despite the fact that the city has joined the ranks of those that have placed a ban on “assault weapons” with high capacity magazines, along with other restrictions they have put into place, like special fingerprinting and reporting requirements on handgun sales. Somehow, criminals continue to have access to guns, and in particular those with high magazine capacity.
The solution for Mayor Catherine Pugh is to have even greater gun control measures.
Breitbart News reported that the criminal use of “high capacity” magazines in Baltimore had risen since a ban on the devices was put in place. The ban on the sale and manufacture of such magazines was put into effect all the way back in 2013, yet reports show that the criminal use of such magazines jumped in 2013 and has continued to climb ever since. It would appear the criminals—the supposed targets of gun control laws—simply do not care about the law. That may be why they are criminals to begin with.
The report, from The Trace, quoted Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith, who said,
We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets. They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities.
As the death toll mounts in the streets of Baltimore, the only answer that Mayor Pugh seems capable of giving to the question of curbing the violence is more gun control. In her weekly news briefing just a few months ago she said,
Murder is out of control. There are too many guns on the streets. We’re looking for all the help we can get.
She has been on the mantra of more gun control for months now, and her tune doesn’t seem to be changing. Rather than see this crime and murder wave as the fulfillment of countless warnings that a ban on “high capacity” magazines would mean only criminals have “high capacity” magazines, she seems committed to policies that will take weapons from law abiding citizens, while doing nothing to curb the violence in the streets.
There is a cultural and social problem at the heart of the inner city violence, and more anti-gun legislation isn’t going to change that.
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