Apparently there are a number of versions of this disturbing information about firearm death rates in DC posted in the blogosphere. I received this email from a reader who asked if I could shed some light on the following:
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the U.S. involvement in
Iraq, here's a sobering statistic:
There has been a monthly average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths. That gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers. The firearm death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000 persons for the same period. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. Capital than you are in Iraq.
Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington!