Gun Violence Remains High in D.C.

Gun Violence Remains High in D.C.

At the end of 2021, the District of Columbia had a total of 226 homicides, which is the highest it has been since 2003. Shootings have been responsible for more than 82 percent of all homicides. 

In 2021, DC police recovered more than 2400 firearms. As reported by NBC4, DC Police Chief Robert Contee said,“We’ve had individuals that we’ve arrested with a firearm, they get out of prison, and within 24 to 48 hours, they’re in possession of another firearm.” Contee suggests the solution to shift the gun recovery unit to be more intelligence-based, rather than searching entire groups of people that they encounter. 

In a Letter from the Mayor dated November 17, 2021, Mayor Bowser describes her intent for MPD deployment to be more targeted in areas with high gun activity, including the purposeful use of overtime. Bowser also suggests boosting funds for MPD hiring and the MPD Cadet Corps Program. The difficult step to achieve in Mayor Bowser’s plan to reduce gun violence is for there to be more trust between MPD and the community.

AS of March 25, 2022, there have been a total of 41 homicides so far. The homicides in DC have been increasing for four years in a row and are expected to continue. Recently reported by NBC4, DC police are partnering with federal agencies such as the ATF, FBI, and the DEA in order to reduce homicides in D.C.