Crime in D.C.
On Saturday night, much of Columbia Road was blocked off by sirens and tape. It says something about Washington that this didn't strike me as particularly abnormal. Another shooting, probably. And that's exactly what it was. But this time, it was a 9-year-old boy who'd been shot through a door after his family had rushed inside their apartment to escape a robbery attempt. It is appalling, of course. But it has not, so far as I've noticed, been galvanizing. That's just D.C., most of us think sadly. Crime is like bad weather. You just hope it doesn't catch you outside. But Left for LeDroit tries to shake us out of our stupor:
[W]e as a city have become too used to this savagery, which is actually abnormal. Washington’s homicide rate for last year was around 32 murders per 100,000 residents, still far off from the 1991 peak of 80.6, but far above the national average (5.8) and more than five times the rate of New York City (6.2).
Making Washington a world-class city requires addressing some of the sicker aspects of our civic culture, particularly our extraordinary rates of violence and our tolerance of violence. We should stand as examples of what a city can be: the elegant, prosperous, and peaceful pinnacle of human civilization and not a place bleeding from occasional bouts of unrelenting barbarism.
You know who doesn't have much of a job right now? Bill Bratton.
November 17, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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