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  •  Well, that's a larger question (5+ / 0-)

    Are we trying to stem massacres, or gun violence generally? Because as a general matter, gun violence is on the decline as-is.  I do agree there's work to be done.

    •  Gun violence where? It isn't decreasing in the (0+ / 0-)

      'Hood, IMO.

      •  May depend on the city (0+ / 0-)

        wSJ 12-25-2012

        New York City is on track to end the year with the lowest number of homicides in half a century—with 414 recorded as of this past weekend—but the overall crime rate is expected to be higher for the first time in a generation.

        As of Sunday, there were 94 fewer homicides this year, compared with the same period last year, marking an 18.5% drop, according to data released Tuesday by the New York Police Department. During all of 2011, there were 515 murders, a 20.6% decline since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in January 2002.

        Prior to 2002, the city hadn't recorded fewer than 600 homicides in decades. In 2009, the city recorded 471 homicides, the lowest number in any year since comparable records were kept beginning in 1963.

        Overall crime in the five boroughs is up 3% so far this year, driven by the thefts of Apple products, Paul Browne, the department's top spokesman, confirmed. If Apple thefts had remained the same, "we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide," Mr. Browne said.

        The number of shooting incidents so far this year has fallen 8.5%, and the number of shooting victims has dropped 10.2%.

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