If you read the comments to any Post Dispatch story about an assault on a sympathetic victim, you are certain to see somebody lamenting the fact that the victim wasn’t armed. There are a lot of issues where city Democrats and rural Republicans disagree, but few of those issues are as emotionally charged as the gun control debate. And considering the extreme levels of gun violence in St. Louis, you can’t reasonably have a conversation about crime without bringing up the subject of gun control. The debate goes like this: Democrats believe that the prolific gun culture in the United States contributes to the incredibly high violent crime rate within poor urban areas. The Republicans believe that an armed society is a polite society. Guns in the hands of law abiding citizens decreases the violent crime rate, not to mention the fact that the right to bear arms is a constitutional right, not to be infringed upon by anybody, especially naïve Democrats who have never held a gun in their lives.
There has been tension between St. Louis City Democrats and the Republican State Legislature for many years. This tension has most recently become apparent as a dispute over minimum wage laws in St. Louis.
Last week, I made a post which analyzed our most often used excuse when it comes to our place on the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities” list. The excuse goes something like this: Our place on this list is inaccurate due to the fact that most of our safe residential neighborhoods aren’t recognized as being part of the city, despite the fact that they are demographically similar and geographically adjacent to the city proper. This skews the numbers negatively. Continue reading “Getting murdered in North City”