Only a couple of hours after the Tacoma, Washington City Council “invested thousands of dollars toward cracking down on gun violence in its streets,” a 29-year-old woman was found fatally shot, in a crashed car on the city’s waterfront, a grim reminder that it takes more than money and “creating work groups, and finding best practices of where to spend money toward gun violence prevention efforts.”
According to KCPQ News, the Seattle-based Fox affiliate, the city—known for its deep water harbor in Commencement Bay—saw a 37 percent increase in gun-related crimes between 2014 and 2018. Last year, the city reported a 47 percent increase in homicides over 2019, including 21 victims who died from gunshot wounds.
Earlier this year, KCPQ reported the city logged 18 slayings in 2018 and 21 in 2019. But last year the number spiked to 32, according to KIRO, the Seattle-based CBS affiliate. Some have suggested the higher number of murders in the region—Seattle racked up 52 murders, the highest number in many years—to the COVID-19 shutdown. But, as underscored by the Tacoma council’s “investment” of $25,000 for “researching how to address gun violence,” liberal elected officials are also blaming firearms.
Grassroots gun rights activists call this the “blame the gun” syndrome. When someone is murdered with a knife, the media doesn’t call that “knife violence.” When they are killed with hammers, clubs, crowbars, tire irons or other tools, nobody calls it “blunt instrument violence.” But when bullets are involved, that somehow becomes “gun violence,” a term activists say was invented by the gun prohibition lobby to demonize firearms.
According to KOMO News, the Seattle-based ABC affiliate, the mortally-wounded woman “was found unresponsive at the scene, with one or more gunshot wounds. Life-saving measures were attempted but they were unsuccessful, and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The station noted there was “no immediate word on a suspect.” So far, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, a Democrat, has not called for more gun control.
Ratcheting down on the rights of law-abiding firearms owners is typically the first reaction from Democrats from one Washington to the other, rights activists routinely complain.
The spike in violence and murder in Tacoma is not likely to be curbed by a modest program to create “work groups” that talk a lot about where to spend more money to prevent “gun violence.” According to KCPQ, “City council says they expect to get answers from this research by the end of this year.” That is a long time to wait while the problem is right here, right now.
“These dollars,” says KCPQ, “will also be used to hire a research team to address gun and youth violence reductions.”
How will this team “address” these issues, beyond calling for more restrictions on gun owners who have not harmed anyone? That was not explained.