TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: HAS KANSAS CITY SOLVED THE HOMICIDE PROBLEM???
One of the most historically deadly months of the year is about to come up as Mayor Sly along with mainstream media tout the lower homicide rate.
KC homicide rate down in first half of 2014
"But in a city resigned to year after year after year of 100-plus homicides, those 34 killings in the first six months of 2014 put Kansas City on pace for its lowest annual homicide total since 1967.
"As of June 30, killings were down 31 percent from the same time last year."
What this exhaustive bit of hype doesn't mention . . .
- Plans proposed to change the way Kansas City gathers homicide data
Remember that KCPD not too long ago faced a DOJ wrist slap for data reporting.
- Bad weather
Just thinking out of the box here . . . Kansas City has also faced historically low temperatures . . . This stat is worth noting if even macro-economic analysts attribute some economic slowdown to
Global Climate Change this anomaly. At the risk of going all Malcolm Gladwell, instead of touting this homicide solution tipping point . . . Maybe a look at a few alternative factors might be worthwhile.
- Shootings on the rise
There have been no shortage of shootings this year and that number has remained relatively constant. This goes back to our first point but also gives some credit in homicide reduction to bad aim AND medical science.
Right now, we're just throwing out other things to considers . . . This most important discussion is happening in local neighborhoods.
Accordingly . . .
HAS KANSAS CITY SOLVED THE HOMICIDE PROBLEM??? OR HAS EARLY YEAR HYPE SIMPLY ARRIVED LATE THIS YEAR?!?!
While we hope the problems is solved and this represents real progress, many aren't convinced.
Developing . . .