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Gabriel Spatuzzi is a college student writing for the student-run San Diego City Times. So he/she should be forgiven for hitting the bong before writing an editorial on gun control. “Consider New York City and Washington, D.C. Both cities instituted strict gun control laws with very different results. In New York City, gun-related crimes plummeted, making it one of the safest large cities in the country. In D.C., gun violence levels changed very little, if at all, with the new legislation. Guns remained relatively available in Washington, D.C. because the city’s close proximity to Virginia and Maryland, two states with much more lenient gun laws.” In fact, a simple Google search reveals that D.C.’s homicide rate has declined dramatically, as well. Something to do with the crack epidemic running its course. Anyway, like jobs that weren’t lost, lives saved by gun control are hard to measure. Illusory, in fact. Just sayin’ . . .

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  1. I’ve posted about a number of cities in which the gun violence went up last year. Invariably I was told those cherry-picked situations mean nothing. We need to look at the overall. Same applies here, I guess.

  2. “In D.C., gun violence levels changed very little, if at all, with the new legislation. ”

    The writer is either a sh!tty researcher, or is trying to hide the facts. The murder rate in DC nearly TRIPLED in the years after the ban was implemented.

  3. As a resident of the great Commonwealth of Virginia in the DC Metro area I can say that our “lenient” gun laws are very obviously not creating all sorts of horrible crime. In fact, I can’t think of any homicides or attempted homicides reported on the news involving the use of a firearm in months.

    Maryland does not have lenient gun laws. They are a “may issue” state and not gun friendly. As for their crime, there’s a reason my wife calls the local news “Who got killed in Maryland last night?”


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