Washington DC has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and while these laws are constantly challenged not all challenges are successful and DC remains as one of the strictest places when it comes to gun control. Despite all of this gun control the city is still plagued by crime and violence, gun violence to be exact.
From the Washington Post:
Homicides rose in 29 major U.S. cities through September compared with the same period last year, according to the Council on Criminal Justice, a Washington-based institute.
Killings across the country spiked nearly 30 percent in 2020, the FBI has said. Baltimore surpassed 300 killings for the seventh consecutive year, and homicides in Philadelphia reached 497 on Monday, 13 percent higher than this time last year.
There is no empirical evidence to suggest that gun control works in any respect and DC’s baring of public ranges and gun stores is not helping to reduce crime in the city.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was recently calling for more education and the need for “Gun Safety” when it comes to combating crime. Know that when Mayor Bowser talks about gun safety she is referring to gun control. Funny enough though, what DC needs is a lesson on Gun Safety and responsible firearm ownership. DC does not allow its residents to buy guns inside the city as there are no gun stores in America’s capitol, there are no ranges either. There is no place for people to go and learn about firearms or buy one for the purposes of protecting themselves. DC residents remain undefended for the most part and criminals get plenty of easy targets in the city.