Baltimore Awash in Gun Violence - It's Getting Worse

The Baltimore Sun reports


Six people were shot, one of them fatally, after a gunman opened fire Thursday afternoon on a group of people sitting on a porch in Southwest Baltimore.
Police said the victims ranged in age from 28 to 72. Two of the surviving victims were last reported in critical condition, while three suffered wounds that were not deemed life-threatening. The man who died had not been identified.
The fatal shooting continues a trend of recent daytime shootings in the city — two men, ages 40 and 26, were killed in separate shootings at 1:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Tuesday along Greenmount Avenue, and a 23-year-old man was fatally shot about 2 p.m. Sunday in West Baltimore. For the year, 94 people have been slain in the city, compared with 89 at this time in 2010.

It seems we're allowing gun flow to continue unabated. Do the gun-rights folks accept this as the price for freedom? It seems so.

Had the guns which were used in all these recent shootings in Baltimore been properly controlled from the time of their manufacturer to their first transfer to an FFL person and to each transfer thereafter, most of them would never have reached the criminals' hands. Why is that so difficult? Are gun owners really so self-centered that they prefer this, what we could certainly call "blood in the streets," to a safer community?

Proper gun control laws would not interfere with the ability of good people to own guns if they want them. This is the big lie of the gun-rights extremists, that decent gun control laws are tantamount to preventing them from owning guns. It's just not so.

(cross posted at Mikeb302000)

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Tags: baltimore, gun violence, gun rights, gun control, gun control (all tags)



RE: Baltimore Awash in Gun Violence - It's Getting Worse

In 2007 91% of murder victims in Baltimore had criminal records.  These are not innocent people caught in the crossfire they are criminals who are "in the game".

Only recently have cops really begun to examine the victims' rap sheets because the vast majority of murders occur in botched drug deals or violent territorial disputes.  Rap sheets and known accomplices / associates offer a good starting point and often provide critical links to potential suspects or witnesses. 

These victims are so far out of the mainstream to present that gun control laws (that only impact the law abiding) would have any effect on those whose entire existence is spent outside the law is just ludicrous.

You want to decrease the gun homicide rate in urban areas and decrease the number of violent criminals on the streets -- get rid of accelerated dispositions and plea bargaining of gun offenses for guilty pleas in drug cases . . .  Push for truth in sentencing and full time served.  Enforce with extreme prejudice failure to appear warrants . . .   Support catch and release for fish, not violent criminals. 

Weak gun control does not make hardened criminals; hug-a-thug liberal judges do!

by Rick_OShea 2011-06-20 03:57PM | 0 recs
Wrong, Rick

Laws which affect the law-abiding are all we've got. No one disputes that criminals won't obey the laws.  What we dispute is that laws aimed at the law-abiding will have no effect on the criminals.  They will for the simple reason that all the guns start out legally owned and somehow slip into the criminal world.  Proper gun control laws could have a major effect on that gun flow.

by Mikeb302000 2011-06-22 03:38AM | 0 recs


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