I stopped in at the Raleigh Police Department and spoke with a very nice lady in their Public Information office on Thursday. When I inquired about the total number of murders and non-negligent homicides in Raleigh in 2010 and 2011, Ms. Hourigan was kind enough to go through all of the press releases for 2010 and send them to me. I thought I would share a few conclusions with you.
First, some background. North Carolina’s Department of Corrections maintains an “Offender Lookup” feature on their website. By using this feature, you can type in the names of the people on these press releases and compare the dead and the arrested suspects against the list of people convicted of a crime in North Carolina. This DOC database is not perfect. Due to variations in spelling, you will sometimes not find someone who is actually there. This means that it is possible that some of the people I thought had no criminal record actually do have a criminal record.
The reported figure for murder and non-negligent homicide in Raleigh in 2010 is 14. I have the press releases for 13. I have asked Ms. Hourigan to check and see if she has the last one. I have not yet gone to the courthouse to ask for the arrest records and other criminal info, but here is my preliminary info.
Total victims – 13
Victims with no apparent criminal conviction – 6 (46%)
Victims with a misdemeanor criminal conviction – 1 (8%)
Victims with a felony criminal conviction – 6 (46%)
Conclusion – In 2010, more than half of all people murdered had criminal convictions, almost all of which were felony convictions.
Total Suspects – This is slightly more complicated. In one case there are no suspects. In 11 cases, there was only one suspect in the killing. And in 1 case there were multiple suspects. In that case, it was a group beatdown, and of the 4 suspects, I could only find two, who were both convicted. I suspect that at least one of the other two is in the database, but I couldn’t find either of them. Neither of the other two had a criminal conviction prior to the killing.
Total incidents – 12 (excluding the one that has no suspects)
Total incidents where no suspect had a criminal conviction – 3 (comprising 6 suspects) (25%)
Incidents where a suspect had a misdemeanor criminal conviction – 1 (8.3%)
Incidents where a suspect had a felony conviction – 8 (67%)
Conclusion – in 2010, 75% of all murder and non-negligent homicides were committed by a person or persons with a prior criminal conviction, two-thirds with prior felony convictions
Since so many of the gun grabbers are concerned only with “Gun Deaths™” here’s the statistics for just the killings with a gun.
Total gun killings – 7
Victims in gun killings with a criminal conviction – 5 (4 felonies, 1 misdemeanor) 71%
Suspects in gun killings with a criminal conviction – 4 (4 felonies) 57% One firearm killing has no suspects
Conclusion – in 2010, almost 3/4ths of all firearm related murders and non-negligent homicides were committed against and committed by persons with prior criminal records.
So it’s all just as I have said in the past. For the most part, murder is not a crime that people start with. No matter what the gun grabbers tell you, ordinary decent citizens do not suddenly wake up one day and decide to kill someone. Ordinary decent citizens don’t suddenly lose their cool and murder someone.
Leopards don’t change their spots. Criminals keep acting like criminals, honest citizens keep acting like honest citizens.
I will write another post detailing each murder/non-negligent homicide so you can look at all the info yourself. That’s another thing that is different between us and the gun grabbers. We’ll link to the actual info and let you draw your own conclusions. When you traffic in the truth, you don’t have to hide anything.
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