Washington, D.C., where Democrats have significant influence, has experienced a rise in crime as of 2023. As of August 16, there have been 166 homicides this year, an increase of 27 percent compared to the same period last year, when there were 131 homicides.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C., has provided these statistics, confirming the increase in homicides between January 1 and August 16, 2023.
In addition to the rise in homicides, sexual abuse cases have increased, with 99 reported instances in the city from January 1 to August 16, 2023. This number is higher than the 85 instances reported during the same time frame in 2022.
Other criminal activities have seen an increase as well. Robberies are up by 63 percent, and auto theft has skyrocketed by 114 percent compared to last year. Additionally, arson has risen by 167 percent compared to the same period in 2022.
It’s been noted by Breitbart News on August 8 that Washington, D.C., a city with extensive gun control measures, is on track to have its deadliest year in two decades. This comes even though the city has implemented various gun control measures often advocated by Democrats on a national scale, promising that these laws would enhance public safety.
Among these measures, as highlighted by Gabby Giffords’ gun control group Giffords, are universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” firearm registration, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a red flag law, gun owner licensing, gun storage laws, and waiting periods for gun purchases. These controls are all part of D.C.’s approach to gun regulation.
A study looks at monthly crime rates for ten specific offenses, including violent, property, and drug-related crimes, across 37 cities in the United States.
In the cities studied, violent crimes have remained high when compared to levels in 2019, the year before the COVID pandemic and the racial justice protests of 2020 unfolded. Specifically, the first half of 2023 saw a 24 percent increase in homicides compared to the same period in 2019.