On October 28, the city of Baltimore posted official numbers that revealed there have been 775 shootings in the city–fatal and non-fatal shootings combined. This marks an 80 percent increase over the number of shootings at this point in 2014.
According to the city of Baltimore stats, the number of fatal shootings alone is at 275–a 54 percent increase over the number of fatal shootings at this same point last year. The number of non-fatal shootings sits at 532, which is an 80 percent increase over the number of non-fatal shootings that had occurred at this time last year. (Note: 275 fatal shootings plus 532 non-fatal shootings add up to a total of 807 shootings. But the official Baltimore stats have the total at 775, so Breitbart News is quoting 775 as the total.)
In is also interesting to note that carjackings are up 74 percent, convenience store robberies are up 149 percent, and gas station robberies are up 170 percent.
These surging crime rates come as former Maryland Governor and Democrat presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley points to the gun controls in Maryland and Baltimore as part of the way forward for America. Writing in The Boston Globe on July 25, 2015, O’Malley said:
In Maryland, we implemented some of the toughest measures in the nation to crack down on gun violence. The reforms we put in place included required licensing, fingerprinting, background checks, and safety training. We ensured that these requirements applied to all buyers, whether they were acquiring a gun from a dealer, a secondary sale, or as a private gift.
We took action to keep guns off the street and make them less deadly. We banned the sale of assault weapons and limited the size of magazines. And, if a firearm was lost or stolen, we required it to be reported immediately to law enforcement.
During the October 13 Democrat debate, O’Malley continually referenced these gun controls as those he would promote as president–though they do not seem to have provided “comprehensive gun safety” for Baltimore.
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