There's a lot of hand-wringing in the paper over the recent shooting; make no mistake, it is a tragedy, all the more so in that the perp remains at large. In today's paper, it reached a new level of drama, taking over nearly all the front page.
In one corner, a USA Toduh-style graphic, a histogram, asks "How Can Indianapolis Stop Gun Violence? Experts wish they could give an easy answer, but there isn't one." The graphic shows homicides per year, with a line to show how many involved firearms:
2006: 150 (124 shot)
2007: 124 (86)
2008: 123 (91)
2009: 106 (77)
2010: 74 (61) [to date]
...A note tells us "homicides" include police-action shootings, accidental deaths and self-defense.
Class, can anyone tell me what the trend line of this escalating spiral of death might be? All of you? Yes, that's right: down. The murder rate in Indianapolis is decreasing.
I'm not sure how the experts have missed this; certainly it never occurred to Our Fine Local Newspaper to correlate the downward trend they appear to have overlooked with the improvements in our gun laws, like lifetime carry permits and the "gun in your car" law. And of course, in the article itself, they're referring to "gun violence"[1, again] as the problem, even while admitting what's needed are "multifaceted approaches that address the root causes, beyond calls by some groups for stronger gun-control laws..." [emphasis mine]. Gee, y'mean criminals ignore gun laws? Who'd'a thunk? And crime has causes more complex than simply access to the tools with which to commit 'em? Stunning insight!
Indiana has made it easier for the law-abiding individual to obtain and carry firearms. Murders are trending down. The paper can't see the connection and wants to Do Something. $DIETY help us all.
1. So much nicer and more preferable to be beaten to death with a croquet mallet or brickbat?
2. It's macabre of me but the phrase always has me wondering if that means the victim was shot in Vietnam?
3. Layout and design outsourced to Louisville.
6 months ago