Unless killers make a big push in the next two days Washington D.C. will end the year with the fewest number of homicides since 1964. So far in 2009 D.C. homicides number 138 compared to 184 at the same time last year.
The decline in D.C. follows a national trend that I detailed in my previous post, More Guns, Less Crime
In Baltimore there has been no decline in homicides with 235 so far this year compared to 233 at the same time last year.
The decline in D.C. defies the dire predictions that D.C. would quickly resume it title as the murder capital of the world as a result of having it draconian handgun ban struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. ____(2008). The core holding in Heller is that the Second Amendment is an individual right intimately tied to the natural right of self-defense.
It is now possible in D.C. for law-abiding citizens to own handguns for their personal protection. In Baltimore, gun ownership is still severely restricted. Could it be that the new disparity in homicide rates between D.C. and Baltimore means that criminals are plying their trade where the working conditions are better?