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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Idaho Rep. puts Prince George's killings in D.C.

By Martin Austermuhle

Yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," freshman Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador mistakenly ascribed the rash of murders in Prince George's County -- nine so far, including two on Saturday alone -- to the District. The slip-up came during a conversation on gun control in the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

"Washington, D.C. last week had seven murders, and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the United States," claimed Labrador. "So, I don't know that it's the gun laws that are going to make the difference. It's the responsibility that each individual has to carry guns safely."

As of January 7, D.C. had only reported three homicides for the year. Last year, the District tallied 131 killings, the lowest number since 1963.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle's post at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | January 10, 2011; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, PG County, Prince George's County, crime  
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