Looks like the fat right wing gunloon crimefighters have lost the
battle for America's streets and are now holed up in their shotgun
shacks eating ramen noodles and masturbating to More Guns, Less Crime -
Lies and Fabrications Unable To Withstand The Test Of Peer Review, Buy
Discredited Gun Industry Lacky John Lott Jr. Maybe they should pray
to their fiction Jesus on a Stick who lives in the sky!
US facing wave of ***s and gun ***
By Jason SzepSun Aug 20, 10:27 AM ET
Analicia Perry was kneeling to light a candle at a makeshift
shrine to her brother when she was shot in the face and
killed -- four years to the day after her brother was gunned
down on the same spot.
The slaying of the 20-year-old mother -- on a narrow street
behind a police station in Boston's poor Roxbury district
last month -- is one of the shocking examples of a rise in
the *** rate across the United States that is raising
questions about whether police are fighting terrorism at the
expense of crime.
In a shift from trends of the past decade, *** crime is
on the rise, fueling criticism of Bush administration
policies as a wave of ***s and shootings hits smaller
cities and states with little experience with serious urban
From Kansas City, Missouri, to Indianapolis, Indiana, places
that rarely attract notice on annual FBI crime surveys are
seeing significant increases in ***. Boston, once a model
city in America's battle against gun ***, is poised to
eclipse last year's *** tally, which was the worst in a
Explanations vary -- from softer gun laws to budget cuts,
fewer police on the beat, more people in poverty and simple
complacency. But many blame a national preoccupation with
potential threats from abroad.
"Since September 11, much of the resources that were
distributed to crime- fighting efforts in Boston and other
major cities were redistributed to fight terrorism," said
Jack Levin, director of the Brudnick Center on *** and
Conflict at Northeastern University.
"The feds had supported after-school programs. They had
supported placing more police officers in crime hot spots in
major cities. These federal efforts were reduced," he said.
*** CRIMES INCREASE
A 2005 Federal Bureau of Investigation crime report, issued
last month, showed *** crime increasing for the first
time in four years in 2005, up 2.5 percent from the year
before, with medium-size cities and the Midwest leading the
While New York, Los Angeles and Miami still are enjoying
drops in crime, smaller cities with populations of more than
500,000 are raising the alarm, posting an 8.3 percent rise in
*** crime in 2005. Nationwide, the *** rate rose 5
percent -- the biggest rise in a single year since 1991.
After dramatic declines in *** rates in the 1990s, some
cities dropped programs that emphasized prevention and
controls on the spread of guns, often citing budget cuts.
"The Bush administration has scaled back funding for federal
cops program," said Jens Ludwig, a criminal justice expert at
Georgetown University. "From 1993 to 2000 we saw an
impressive run-up in the number of law enforcement people
patrolling against crime. That has really slowed down."
Of the 57 ***s in Kansas City this year, 45 involved guns.
"When things start getting out of control, people start
shooting," said police Capt. Richard Lockhart.
Police in Indianapolis are clocking overtime after a dozen
shootings in less than a week at the start of August that
began with a cab driver gunned down. The city has had 71
***s this year, up from 51 a year ago.
WASHINGTON'S CRIME EMERGENCY
The police chief in Washington, D.C., declared a crime
emergency in July following the *** of a British political
activist in the exclusive Georgetown neighborhood and a spate
of attacks on tourists on the National Mall.
Several Midwest cities are on pace for a rise in ***s this
year, including Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio and Memphis,
"It isn't gang or drug ***, it's just people getting
***," said Mark Williams, an assistant district attorney
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "A lot of them are minor
disagreements and people using guns to settle them."
From the expiration of a federal ban on *** rifles to
tougher restrictions on databases that identify gun owners,
gun laws have weakened in the past five years, said Daniel
Vice, an attorney with the Brady Center to Prevent Handgun
"The top five states with the highest gun death rates are
five states with incredibly weak gun laws," he said, listing
Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
In Miami, while overall crime is down, the use of
semi-automatic weapons is growing.
"These things are dirt cheap," Police Chief John Timoney told
Reuters, estimating the street price at $250 each. "We have
seen these *** weapons being used time and time again by
(Additional reporting by Jane Sutton in Miami, Andrew Stern
in Chicago and Andy Sullivan in Washington)