Baltimore Breaks All-Time Homicide Records in 2017

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From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Baltimore residents gathered for a vigil Thursday to honor those who have lost their lives to the city’s gun violence as Baltimore breaks new homicide records.

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The city recently reached 343 homicides for 2017 so far, breaking the city’s per capita record on killings, reports CBS Local Baltimore. In response, hundreds of people stood outside the  Baltimore War Memorial Building, with some carrying signs with an inspirational word for the new year.

“I completely respect having a vigil in memory of the people that have been lost, but where are the other ideas? I think it’s absolute irony that this is being held in the War Memorial, because this place is a horror zone,” said Tina Forrester, a widow.

Previously, the highest per capita rate for homicides in Baltimore was 55.35 homicides per resident, while 2017’s new record is 55.8. Mayor Catherine Marie Pugh previously released a crime fighting plan that takes a more holistic approach to cracking down on the gun violence. Her plan includes making community college free for students, hiring more police officers and working to train officers better.

“We know that they are suffering, and we do no want to infringe upon that pain that they are already suffering, but more importantly, we want to lift them up,” Pugh said of those who attended the funeral.

Breitbart recently pointed out that gun control has done nothing to help Baltimore’s staggering homicide problem.

Baltimore has an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a handgun purchaser fingerprint requirement, and a record rate of “killings per capita.”

The previous record was 55.35 homicides per 100,000 residents. The Baltimore Sunreports that 2017 set a new record rate of 55.8.

As of December 28, Baltimore had witnessed 343 homicides in 2017. That is slightly short of the record 344 witnessed in 2015, yet the homicide rate is higher this year because the city has fewer residents.

Ironically, the increased homicide rate comes just four years after the adoption of draconian gun controls via the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. That act banned “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines and required handgun purchasers to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. According to The Trace, a gun control journalism outlet, the criminal use of “high capacity” magazines jumped in 2013 and continued to climb in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

In other words, stringent gun control has been a failure in Baltimore from the moment it was implemented, and now, the impotency of gun control shows itself in a record rate of “killings per capita.”

It’s not about gun control folks.

Onan Coca

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