Washington, D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Speaks out in Favor of Tougher Gun Control

Says fall in murder rate in the nation's capital shows that gun control works

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Washington's police chief spoke out in favor of tougher gun laws in the United States after statistics showed the homicide rate in the nation's capital at its lowest level in a half-century.

Eighty-eight murders were committed in the District of Columbia in the past year, compared with the late 1980s and early 1990s when the number routinely surpassed 400 annually in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic.