Today’s Seattle Times story about last year’s female murder victims contains an unnerving detail buried in the ninth paragraph: the city is way ahead of last year in the number of homicides, a dubious distinction it shares with Chicago.
According to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times, the Windy City over the weekend logged its 101st murder for the year, two months ahead of when it hit the same total last year. So far this year, Seattle has posted seven homicides, the newspaper said. Last month, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms chided both cities, asking them how their special “gun violence taxes” were working out.
One thing is sure in Washington State. The gun control camp hasn’t been able to discourage Evergreen State residents from arming up. The Department of Licensing this morning told this column that as of today, there are 525,175 active concealed pistol licenses, including 95,341 in King County. Of those, 19,085 are held by women. Statewide, roughly 18-20 percent of CPLs are held by women. In a “Blue” state politically, due to the influence of the liberal Seattle vote, that’s a very high number of armed citizens.
That amounts to 7,510 more CPLs issued during the past month. The Department of Licensing reported January’s final count for active licenses statewide was 517,665.
The Times piece noted that last year, when the Jet City posted 24 killings for the entire year, only two murders had been logged through the end of February. This year, after 14 months of anti-gun Initiative 594 being in effect and about six months since the Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray adopted their version of the Chicago/Cook County gun tax, they’re more than 200 percent ahead in the body count.
Is there any correlation? You can bet that if murders had declined during the same period, by the same percentage, the gun prohibition lobby would be crowing that their strategy worked. Apparently the only thing the anti-gunners have accomplished is to convince thousands of people to buy guns and get carry licenses.
Before the gun prohibitionists declare more guns have led to more violent crime this year, the Seattle Times story notes that three of the seven slayings so far this year didn’t involve guns at all. One victim was stabbed and two others were beaten to death. The newspaper said two-thirds of last year’s slayings were from gunshot wounds. The others involved other means, such as stabbings or beatings.
And here’s something else. Seattle has roughly the same population as Baltimore and Washington, D.C., both cities with impossibly stringent gun control laws. Last year in Baltimore, there were 344 homicides, according to the Baltimore Sun. In the District of Columbia, there were 119 homicides. Compared to Seattle, those cities join Chicago as urban slaughterhouses.
Here’s what DC Assistant Police Chief peter Newsham told the Washington Times back on Dec. 30 about the bloodbath in the District: “A greater percent of those arrested for homicide have prior convictions for felony violent crimes. And a lot of times more than one gun was represented at the crime scene. The means either there were two shooters and one victim, or those involved were shooting at each other.”
Felons don’t carry guns legally. They don’t obtain guns legally. According to KSN News, a criminal charge was filed by authorities in Kansas against a woman alleged to have “knowingly transferred’ a firearm to Cedric Ford, the man who opened fire at a workplace in Hesston, Kansas last week, killing three people and wounding several more before Police Chief Doug Schroeder reportedly shot him dead. Ford was a convicted felon, prohibited by existing laws from possessing guns.
Gun control proponents will be quick to argue that just because the gun laws don’t stop all murders, that shouldn’t mean those laws should be abandoned. The other side of that argument is that anti-gunners may need to tone down the rhetoric about their laws saving lives. So far, it doesn’t appear the gun control laws have saved any lives.
On the other hand, judging from the continued spike in the number of people applying for, and receiving, their carry licenses, it appears more citizens believe having a gun just might save their lives. What this may mean politically is open to conjecture. It clearly suggests that people are concerned about their safety, and that may not play well when gun control advocates, including Hillary Clinton, come asking for their votes.
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