Friday, June 16, 2017

Who's to blame for Baltimore's gun violence?


Photo by Fox 45 Baltimore

There's been a hue and cry in Baltimore about the soaring gun violence. Much of the frustration is directed toward the cops. 
But the city's police commissioner says - don't blame us. It's the revolving door at the courthouse that's to blame.

I'm reporting on this story on Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM 115.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says the department decided to track cases of people arrested on gun charges. What they found was that in 60 percent of the cases the person charged was given a suspended sentence

"Maybe there would be a fear of arrest or there would be a fear of a prosecution if in fact a guilty verdict resulted in a consequence," Davis says.

The commissioner adds that the criminals are well aware that it's unlikely they'll actually see prison time.

"They know that if they're caught, nothing's going to happen to 'em."

Baltimore cops were put on 12 hour shifts this week in response to a flurry of killings in the city,

1 comment:

safety1 said...

It is the fault of the damn liberal snowflakes – if we had more guns on the street less people would die because we be able to protect ourselves!!!

Statistics courtesy Brady campaign.org:

Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence:

4 are murdered
2 kill themselves.
Every day, 40 children and teens are shot and survive:

32 shot in an assault
1 survives a suicide attempt
8 are shot unintentionally
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Note: Numbers may not sum because of rounding of CDC averages.

Every Day on Average (all ages)

Every day, 309 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention.

Every day, 93 people die from gun violence:

32 are murdered
58 kill themselves
1 are killed unintentionally
1 is killed by police intervention
1 intent unknown.
Every day, 216 people are shot and survive:

159 shot in an assault
11 survive a suicide attempt
43 are shot unintentionally
3 are shot in a police intervention
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In One Year on Average (ages 0-19)

17,012 American children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.

2,647 kids die from gun violence:

1,565 children and teens are murdered
907 children and teens kill themselves
116 children and teens killed unintentionally
27 are killed by police intervention
32 die but the intent was unknown
14,365 kids survive gun injuries:

11,321 are injured in an attack
231 survive a suicide attempt
2,747 are shot unintentionally
65 are shot in a police intervention
In America, 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with an unlocked, loaded gun. Talking to children about the dangers of firearms is not enough. Take Action with Asking Saves Kids Campaign now (ASK).

In One Year on Average (all ages)

114,994 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.>

33,880 people die from gun violence

11,564 people are murdered
21,037 people kill themselves
544 people are killed unintentionally
468 are killed by police intervention
267 die but intent is not known
81,114 people survive gun injuries:

60,041 people are injured in an attack
3,700 people survive a suicide attempt
16,428 people are shot unintentionally
947 people are shot by police intervention
Millions of guns are sold every year in “no questions asked” transactions. Experts estimate that 40 percent of guns now sold in America are done so without a Brady background check. Take action with our Finish the Job campaign now.

Gun Death and Injury 5 Year Average Stat Sheet

* The Brady Center averaged the most recent five years of complete data from death certificates (2011-2015) and estimates of emergency room admissions (2010-2014) available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/. Data retrieved 1.3.17 and 4.29.16 respectively. Numbers may not sum to 100% because of rounding of CDC averages.