“On Capitol Hill on New Year’s Day, an unsettling event occurred that had been reported nearly 1,400 times in the District in the previous year: Property was taken at the point of a gun,” washingtonpost.com reports. “It happened about 9:30 p.m., well after nightfall, as the victims were walking in the 200 block of 8th Street SE, a largely residential area near Eastern Market and Independence Avenue SE, D.C. police said.” It seems odd that the WaPo would highlight this trend. It indicates that a great many of these armed robberies would best be countered by what NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre famously called “a good guy with a gun.” And that’s without considering deterrence. Oh wait. Liberal paper. Right. This is proof that D.C. needs more gun control. To stop bad guys from getting guns. My bad. Here’s the report by the numbers . . .
In the year from Dec. 31, 2012 to this past Dec. 31, D.C. police reported 1,397 robberies in which a gun was shown, brandished or pointed.
With 103 homicides reported in the same period, the figures suggest that the likelihood of being robbed with a gun in the city is about 14 times greater than that of being slain by any means.
The number of gun robberies in 2013 was 97 fewer than in the previous year, a drop of more than 6 percent. It was, however, about 11 percent more than the 1,261 gun robberies reported to police in 2011.
Robberies, particularly those involving weapons, are often considered a key measure of crime and safety. More numerous and widespread than slayings, they have a strong effect on residents’ perceptions.
Right. ‘Cause it’s perception rather than the actual fact of a crime that matters. Politically. Personally, I’d rather have a gun. As I do. But then I think it best to be able to defend my life, rather than hope me and mine will emerge from an armed robbery intact.
In Wednesday’s incident, police said they located two suspects on 8th Street but about three-quarters of a mile away, south of the Southeast Freeway. Two arrests were made.They said some of the victims’ property was found a couple of blocks from the robbery scene. The rest, was seized during the arrest along with a weapon, the police said.
No injuries were reported.
Hello? What about the dozens of armed robberies that didn’t go so well? Here’s one from October’s Washington Post:
Police are searching for four armed men who broke into a house in Southeast Washington early Wednesday, held the occupants against their will, and beat some of them. Police said one victim was sexually assaulted.
By choosing a story with a happy ending, the Post insinuates that carrying a firearms for self-defense is unnecessary. We need more police! Crap. People need to be able to defend themselves against criminal predation using the best possible tool for the job: a gun. Period.