In the city of Miami and across the country, murders involving firearms are on the increase since the year 2000 when there were almost 500 murders by gun according to a report provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In 2011, the department reported an increase of 38 percent with gun murders going up to almost 700.
In 2012, between the months of January and June, the number was 479 for murders and out of this number, 358 were murders committed using a gun. The 8 percent increase in murders show that crime is not on the decrease in the city of Miami.
Guns have become the weapons used in three quarters of the homicides that take place in the state of Florida and the city of Miami as well as across the United States.
The State of Homicide
This increase in homicides involving guns comes at a time when the average murder rate is on the decline in the state of Florida and violent crimes have also declined in states across the country. It also is a time when gun control is obviously the topic of debate on the national forefront.
Be informed…Proposals have been made to the government to regulate the use of firearms and offer restrictions to purchase a gun as well as perform stricter background checks. This issue is a bit controversial, especially for avid gun owners, but the goal is to try to get guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
The Young People
Over the past few years, gun violence in the city of Miami has a dipped just a little bit, but because it wasn’t that great to start with, many people don’t buy those claims. Most of the gun crimes in the city of Miami claim the lives of so many young people.
In 2007, the Atlantic’s Richard Florida reported that the city of Miami experienced the fourth highest gun-related deaths compared to other cities in the United States. The same is true for nationwide homicides due to gun violence.
Be advised…Center of Disease Control put out a report indicating that 112 individuals between the ages of 10 and 19 were killed in 2007 due to gun-related crime across the Miami metro area.
Even though South Floridians have not yet experienced tragedy on a large scale like the massacre in the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School, a lone gunman in the city of Miami was able to walk into a school building and kill twenty elementary school children, his own mother and six school workers.
- In March 2010, a five year old little girl was struck along with fourteen others by gunfire when a driver opened fire in a crowd using an assault rifle.
- A month later in June 2010, a Coral Gables, Miami gunman shot his wife dead outside a restaurant before shooting six other women inside. He then shot himself to death.
Note that…This is only to mention a few of the tragedies that occurred in the past and are still taking place in the city of Miami. If you listen to the news, you will hear the reports of murder in the city on the news every day.
Do you have any personal experiences of gun crime? How has it affected your feelings about your legal rights to own a gun, gun laws and gun control? How has it affected your right to defend yourself under the law and the idea that you could face criminal charges, if you used your weapon in self-defense?
The Experts Speak
Experts and political pundits are certainly divided on this hot topic, but law enforcement still has a job to do in order to keep our streets safe. The city of Miami will continue to deal with gun crimes, but hopefully not as much. Citizens should take an active part in reporting crimes and murders.
If you have been charged with any crime related to guns, it is best to seek the assistance of an gun trust lawyer. Your life depends on it.