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By National Center for Health StatisticsKnight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1995
WASHINGTON -- A study released yesterday shows that the country's murder rate is about the same as it was six decades ago and that the rate for minorities has actually decreased in the past two decades.But the homicide rate for children under 14 is "at or near record highs for the post-World War II era," the study said. And rates for preschoolers 4 and younger have risen to their highest levels in 40 years."The fears that we're losing our youth to violence is true," said Carol J. De Vita, director of publications for the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit research group that conducted the study.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | September 20, 1993
We're embarrassed, aren't we? We're so embarrassed we don't know quite what to say.That's the answer to an ugly little question being asked a lot these days: Why do we get into such an uproar every time some foreigner gets plunked in Florida when scores of actual Americans are being murdered nationwide every day, virtually without notice?We're embarrassed, all right.In America, we are very serious about how wonderful it is to be an American. This is the country where it is, well, un-American to suggest that the U.S.A.
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By Article by Peter Hermann | January 3, 1999
THE NUMBER 300 hung in the air as Christmas approached, nervously watched by a city trapped in a race between time and death. For eight straight years, Baltimore's homicide rate had topped the 300 mark, and it seemed inevitable that 1998 would become the ninth.No. 299 came on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 17, and for several days, there was quiet. But the lull did not comfort grizzled homicide investigators. For them, the question was not ``if'' another body would fall, but ``when.''They did not have to wait long.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
A spate of violence in the city continued with a daylight shooting that left three people dead inside a West Baltimore apartment, as members of the City Council on Tuesday pressed police commanders to address a rise in killings and robberies. The Fulton Avenue shootings took the life of two women and a man, the latest in an explosion of violence in West Baltimore, which has already seen 15 murders this year, half of its total for all of 2012. Ten of those killings have occurred in just a 12-block stretch southwest of Druid Hill Park and near Mondawmin Mall.
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December 31, 2009
It was disheartening that the top story in Tuesday's Baltimore Sun was not the rising homicide rate but lowering assessments. The lack of focus on the fundamental issue of violence hinders progress in the city by pretending it isn't there. Presenting the murders as isolated incidents rather than part of a larger, systemic problem does not help us understand, analyze or stop the violence. The murder rate, about half the rate of New York City - which has 8.5 million, or 13 times the number of people in Baltimore and which announced today the fewest homicides on record - should be a central issue for all of Baltimore and front-page news.
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August 1, 2013
Rep. Andy Harris recently suggested that, rather than focusing on crisis pregnancy centers, "maybe the time, money, and attention of the mayor and city solicitor would be much better spent dealing with the increasing carnage on the streets of Baltimore" ( "City should stop attacking pregnancy centers," July 28). Lately, this seems to be a common refrain for conservatives: They need to stop complaining about ____ (insert any injustice in this space) and worry about all of the violence in their community.
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July 20, 2013
Letter writer Ron Wirsing was absolutely correct in ascertaining that the murder rate is lower in states that adopt the stand-your - ground self defense law ("Zimmerman trial had nothing to do with race," July 17). And the reason is pretty simple. In those states, when an armed man kills an unarmed man and pleads self-defense and walks, it's not called murder anymore. It's called open season. Thomas J. Snyder
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July 17, 2013
The Sun editorial staff makes some irrational comments on George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in saying that "two undercurrents are clearly responsible for what happened that night and for the way the case has played out since: racial prejudice and Florida's reckless stand-your-ground self-defense law" ("No justice," July 16). First, prior to the trial, the FBI conducted extensive investigation and found zero events, comments or actions that indicated racial prejudice was in Mr. Zimmerman's background.
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April 6, 2011
According to a recent filing by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, in response to the pending case Woolard vs. Sheridan, pertaining to Marylanders' Second Amendment rights, he points to the high handgun violence and murder rate in Baltimore as logical and sound reasoning for denying the rest of Maryland their right to carry a concealed firearm for their personal protection. He further contends that the state is not denying our rights, since all Marylanders can legally open carry a long gun (rifle)
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May 13, 2010
All Marylanders should note the good news about Maryland's 30-year low in violent crime. ("This is progress," May 11). Even more striking is the 12 percent reduction in the murder rate. Many factors come into play to reduce crime and violence. Local law enforcement certainly deserves much credit, but so does the leadership at the top of our state. Maryland has been among the top 10 most violent states for far too long. This is changing thanks to effective, statewide strategies fostering cooperation between local, state and federal crime reduction efforts.
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