Mayor Manny Diaz says zero murders in October is partly a result of good leadership at the police department and dedicated officers. "Here we are in a major city in America in a very difficult economic period and we were able to go over a month--my hats off to the men and women who risk their lives every day."
The Miami Herald reports it like this, with a different explanation.
Homicide detectives credit ever-improving emergency care with saving people who, perhaps 20 years ago, might have met their demise.
''It helps us tremendously,'' said Miami Cmdr. Delrish Moss, a spokesman and former homicide investigator.
"They don't become murder victim, they become witnesses and help us get the offenders off the streets.''
Bob S. in commenting on another thread pointed out that in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, there have been hundreds of murders this year compared to only 87 in Miami. He had this to suggest as an explanation:
Is the gun control laws in Chicago the only reason, probably not but Miami has Concealed Carry laws and Chicago doesn't.
What's your opinion? Why has Miami been able to do what seems inconceivable in the larger cities? None of the above explanations really works for me. The mayor says it's good leadership and dedicated officers. The former homicide investigator says it's the improved emergency medical treatment. Bob says it has at least partly to do with the fact that in Miami concealed carry is legal.
What do you think? Does the fact that ordinary citizens might be carrying guns legally, deter crime?