Washington, D.C., has gun control–lots and lots of gun control–and execution-style shootings are taking place in public.
For example, The Washington Post describes a shooting that occurred “in front of a Metrobus … [in] Northwest Washington’s Park View neighborhood” in July. In that attack, the gunman ran up Georgia Avenue and shot a 33-year-old victim in the back, then stood over the collapsed victim and “shot him two more times.”
Witnesses described the shooting as a “straight up execution,” pointing out that it occurred “right in the middle of a main thoroughfare of Washington, D.C.”
Like many of the surging homicides in D.C., the execution in Park View remains unsolved.
D.C. has witnessed a “23 percent” increase in homicides this year, and gun crime in general is also climbing sharply. The Washington Post reports there were “1,183” gun crimes in D.C. from January to July 2015, whereas there were “983” crimes during the same period in 2014, “1,168” in 2013, and “1,143” in 2012. Summer gun crime stats–crimes occurring in June and July–showed “428” in 2015, “333” in 2014, “337” in 2013, and “322” in 2012.
Breitbart News previously reported that when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned Washington, D.C.’s draconian gun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), gun owners and lovers of liberty hoped D.C.’s gun control would go the way of the dinosaur. However, the D.C. City Council reacted to the ruling by complying with it in theory, but in reality, requiring a large number of hoops for law-abiding citizens to jump through to arm themselves.
As a result, law-abiding citizens have difficulty getting guns for self-defense, while criminals come by them easily. So D.C. is held hostage by surging gun crime and homicides–and public executions are occurring.
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