Violent crime has plummeted in the Washington area ... In the District and Prince George's County, homicides are down about 17 percent this year.That link is to the Washington Post. Not usually considered a mouthpiece of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
The other stories? (OK Story) is from New Jersey. Jersey City was scene of a horrible shooting. It wasn't a handgun, or an assault weapon, or a semi-automatic. It was a manual, pump-action shotgun. But the folks - the police - in Jersey City are having a hissy fit.
So does New Jersey need more gun control?
New Jersey already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation—even a .22 rifle that Sears used to sell is considered a banned "assault weapon." Even to purchase a "normal" rifle or a shotgun in this state you need to first acquire a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card. Needless to say, the cop-killer did not purchase or possess his shotgun legally—he had already served four years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm—a direct violation of both State and Federal Law.But they will probably pass more laws, that will be ignored by more criminals.
Law-abiding citizens do not become criminals by exposure to guns. Guns do not, no matter what the Brady Campaign might say, emit mind-control rays. I don't think they will ever believe that.