There was a big meeting this week in DC, between the police department and the city authorities. Right now, the murder rate in DC is on pace to hit 145 by 1 January.....the highest rate of the past six years for DC.
The chief of police wanted everyone to know that there are two basic problems. Statistics show that a high number of the current 2015 murders were committed by guys who'd been released from prison in the past year or so.....who were supposed to be ineligible to own a gun (yeah, there's actually a federal law to prevent such things from happening, and it's a shocker that the law wasn't obeyed). She also wanted folks to know that high-capacity magazines were part of the problem and need to be addressed. Oddly, she couldn't cite any statistical trend to show such.....it normally only takes one or two bullets to kill a guy, so I'm at a loss to see how a magazine holding ten to fifteen rounds matter.
I noticed in other news around DC.....the city council and police have upped the pressure on illegal mini-cycles, quad bikes, and dirt-bikes being operated around the city. All of this comes from a shooting in May where a reporter in the midst of a crowd was shot and killed by some punks who were shooting back and forth while on illegal mini-bikes or quads and traveling through the city.
One city council guy from DC wants thugs who get caught on the illegal bikes to spend six months in city jail and pay $1,000.....but only after getting caught on the third occasion. Of course, none of these bikes are registered or tagged.....that's the amusing thing about the trend. You go out with some drug-money profits.....spend $700 and you got immediate transportation. You get into some trouble.....then dump the bike and walk away.
Having lived in the DC region.....you come to realize after a while that most punks in the age group of 15 to 21....don't care. They don't care for civilization....laws....respect.....etc. So you get caught doing something wrong....no one cares. As for the high capacity magazine humor that the police chief offered.....Andy worried about Barney to such a degree, that he only allowed him one bullet, and even then.....that was one too many. But you could hand 10,000 Americans a gun and one bullet, and the vast majority of us (probably 9,997) would walk through life and after fifty years.....still have the one gun and one bullet.