Senate’s Sgt. of Arms: “The problem is our country’s murder rate.”

Interesting interview yesterday.

Interviewer was trying to goad the Senate’s Sergeant of Arms — who is responsible for Senators’ security – into saying (a) the shooting was politically motivated, and (b) Senators & Congressional reps should get more security.

He didn’t take the bait.

Rather, he said: “Put the situation in context.  We have about 15,000 murders in the U.S. annually.  That’s the problem we should be focusing on.”

In fact, there were 15,241 reported murders in 2009 … which works out to about 40 each day.

The Baltimore-Washington Metro areas average about 1 murder per day.

In 2009, Baltimore’s homicide rate ranked the highest among the nation’s cities with a population of more than 500,000 … 37 homicides per 100,000 residents … ahead of Detroit’s 34 per 100,000 residents.

DC ranked third, with about 31 killings per 100,000 residents.

No other city with a population of more than 500,000 came close; Philadelphia had the next highest rate, with 22 homicides per 100,000 people.

Raises a couple of interesting questions:

(1) While the Tucson killings are a tragedy, for sure, what about the other 15,235?

(2) Why no outrage that the region around the White House has the highest murder rate in the country?

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Side note:  The last congressman to be attacked by a gunman was California Rep. Leo Ryan, murdered at the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1978, 32 years ago.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/01/13/systematic_assassinations_not_part_of_our_politics_108518.html

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Source statistics:
http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm
http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/dccrime.htm
http://www.disastercenter.com/maryland/crime/4850.htm
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-06-03/news/0906020063_1_baltimore-decline-in-homicides-city-homicide-rate

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