Mudcat Café message #3490122 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148643   Message #3490122
Posted By: GUEST
14-Mar-13 - 04:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Ban anti-depressant drugs, not guns
Subject: RE: BS: Ban anti-depressant drugs, not guns
Well, MtheGM, when you say, "YOU HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR DESTRUCTIVE & DYSFUNCTIONAL GUN LAWS." you have got things muddled.

Our gun laws are not destructive and dysfunctional, but we have a lot of people who are. Most of the gun deaths into the US are, in fact, suicides. Most of the rest are murders that involve people of a the same age range, of the same social subgroup, and that occur in about the same places that they have for more than a hundred years.

There are cities that have extremely high murder rates, and always have. And in those cities, there are neighborhoods and streets that have extremely high murder rates, and always have.

Here is something that all to few of those who have high and mighty thoughts about guns bother to examineWashington Post Homicide Map . You can zoom in to neighborhoods and see, street by street, the carnage of the last 11 years. For some reason, I check the neighborhood called Washington Highlands in the lower Southeast, near the Bolling Air Force Base.
I has a population of about 8,000, with about 3,000 households.

There have been, in this small neighborhood, 141 murders in the last 11 years. The few short blocks of Barnaby Avenue have experienced 7 murders, not counting 4 in a single block of adjecent Barnaby Terrace.

Here's the bit on crime there, from wikipedia, with a touch of local color:

"Washington Highlands is among the most violent neighborhoods in the District of Columbia; approximately one third of the city's 181 homicides in 2007 occurred there. The neighborhood became the focus of media attention in January 2008, when city officials discovered that Washington Highlands resident Banita Jacks had been living for months in her rowhouse with the bodies of her four murdered children in advanced states of decomposition upstairs."

It is worth noting that, for whatever reason, the murder rate has gone down in the last 20 years. It's late, and I don't feel like doing any more googling, but I have a feeling that this one little neighborhood still gives your whole country a good run.

Also worth noting that the religious leaders, who are, perhaps, the most influential persons living in the community, were very outspoken in their opposition to legalization of gay marriage, but are fairly silent as to "crime".

Just thought you'd like to know.