DC catches up a little with Iraq
A 19-year-old Southeast Washington man died Monday after being shot several times Saturday evening in the 800 block of Barnaby Street SE, D.C. police said. Jeffrey R. McIlwain, who lived in the block, was found about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and died about 11:30 a.m. Monday at Washington Hospital Center.
According to the MPDC website, the 2004 DC homicide count is now up to 23, so DC is catching up to Iraq where U.S. fatalities remain at 39.
It's now time to be fair to DC. One might get the impression that DC is like a warzone (given that the murder rate is very similar to an actual war zone). Well, I suppose that the bad neighborhoods in DC are like a warzone. Note the location of where the man was shot. Southeast DC is the bad part of town. The nice parts of DC, where the rich people live, and where tourists visit, aren't any less safe than any other city in the United States. All the murders take place in the parts of DC where I never go.
So please don't cancel your visit to Washington because of my website. But do complain to the newspaper editors at the Washington Post, who put U.S. combat deaths on the front page, but bury the local homicides way in the back. One would think that a warzone existing right here in the capital of the free world would be a bigger story than one in the Middle East.
Maybe, after we have the Iraqi militia trained, we should bring some of them back here to patrol the Southeast quadrant Washington.
posted Thursday, January 29, 2004