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Fewer homicides in Washington: We can do it | Letters

October 19, 2013 · Updated 12:31 PM

For some reason, I am not hearing anyone in the media talk about the great success story in America's fight to lower the homicides in the United States.

So here is bit of good news. The latest FBI Uniform Crime Report is out, and it is a great set of facts to have when you hear so many fake numbers and pseudoscience presented.

In Washington, the total number of firearm related homicides went from 106 to 79 in 2012. That is a drop of 27 homicides from firearms or 25 percent.

A total of 12,765 Americans were murdered, according to the FBI UCR, which is 30 less than the previous year. A total of 8,855 were with firearms. The last time the United States had so few murders was before 1967, when 13,425 homicides occurred and we had 110 million fewer Americans and Mayberry RFD went on the air.

If you look at those numbers and compare them to the census data for the last 100 years, you will see that Americans have never had so few murders. Well done, America.

The bad news is according to latest FBI UCR expanded homicide data table 20, the State of Washington has seen an increase in the total number of homicides from rifles by three. According to the 2012 FBI UCR expanded homicide data table 8, a total of four people were killed with a rifle, which is up from one in 2011. That number includes the dreaded assault rifle.

Now let's figure out how to drop those rifle deaths from four to zero. If we can expand gun education and hunter safety education, we can do it. So go out and get some education, Washington.

David Alsabery, Federal Way



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