July has been a deadly month for Youngstown. The city's 19th Homicide took place Tuesday on Broadway St. This death marks the fourth for July, which now ties January as the deadliest month. There are four days remaining in the month. The updated map is here.
Mayor Williams re-instituted the special interdiction patrols earlier this month but apparently it will require more than a few days to be effective.
It's too bad the Tiahrt Amendment was not repealed in funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 2008. While not having a direct influence on the city's homicide rate right now, repealing it would have allowed city officials to conduct studies of gun origins used in crimes. The licensed firearms dealers supplying guns to the criminals in this area need to be identified so the flow can be stopped. Not repealing this NRA loved piece of legislation made it more difficult for police to investigate those that are supplying the weapons that drive up the homicide count. Area Congressman Tim Ryan was one of the Democrats that voted to keep this terrible legislation in place.
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