Liberty Park Press: Reporting on a “troubling” trend in random killings involving homeless people in Seattle and King County, Washington, a Seattle Times story has the unintentional consequence of revealing how homicides in the county that overwhelmingly supported a pair of restrictive gun control initiatives have actually gone up since the measures were passed.
According to the Times, last year saw 78 slayings in King County (including Seattle’s 31) while 2017 ended with 74 homicides and 2016 produced 66 murders. Equally damning is the notation that, “But preliminary FBI data for the first half of 2018 show a 6 percent decrease in homicides in metropolitan areas from the same period in 2017, compared to The Seattle Times count that shows an overall 5 percent increase from 2017 to 2018.” There were 27 slayings in Seattle in 2017, the Times report recalled.
On top of that, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports for 2016 and 2017, there were 195 and 228 slayings, respectively, statewide. In 2016, 127 of those murders involved firearms and in 2017—the most recent year for which complete data is available—134 of the slayings involved guns.
Not all of the Seattle/King County homicides involved firearms. But the end result is that in the aftermath of adopting citizen initiatives that were sold to the public as “gun safety” schemes to reduce violence, more people have been killed, and regardless of the weapon used, the victims are just as dead. more here