Human Trafficking, Guns, and Crime Oh My!

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Friday, July 30, 2021


Washington D.C., home to about 27 law enforcement agencies, is infested with crime. Last summer, DC’s police department’s budget was cut by nearly $15 million. Consequently, crime has skyrocketed. Murders have risen by 19.4% since 2019, and recently D.C. has been in the national news for shootings, including one at Nationals Park. 

In most states, there is the option of carrying a gun, taser, or pepper spray to defend yourself. As a young woman who sometimes needs to get places without a group or company, I want to be able to have a form of protection. But in DC, that’s a no-go. 

The DC government’s webpage says that “In general rifles, shotguns, revolvers, and handguns may be registered in the District of Columbia.” But further down in the text, it says:

Per D.C. Official Code § 7-2502.02, registration of the following firearms is prohibited:

  1. Sawed-off shotguns;
  2. Machine guns;
  3. Short-barreled rifles;
  4. An unsafe handgun prohibited under D.C. Official Code § 7-2505.04;
  5. An assault weapon; or
  6. A .50 BMG rifle.

Wait a second. What’s an assault weapon again?

Tasers are currently illegal for civilian ownership here, unlike 45 other states. Pepper spray or mace? Well, you can technically carry them if you bought it in DC but be sure to register it with the police department if you don’t want legal repercussions (and we all have time to do that now, don’t we?). One wonders why the D.C. government does not want us to be able to protect ourselves against the violent crime that is on the rise here. 

Human trafficking is a crime that doesn’t get as much attention as gun violence does in media outlets. D.C. ranks #25 out of the United States with the most human trafficking. But for the size of Washington D.C., the statistics are truly shocking. The average victim’s age is between 18-19 years old and dramatically impacts minority communities. In 2017, there were 281 human trafficking cases reported, and the youngest in that year was 14. Furthermore, the executive director of Prince George’s County Human Relations says he “has seen children as young as 11 entangled in trafficking situations.”

Heartbreaking enough, there is so much other crime going on in our nation’s capital. Motor vehicle theft and even arson have risen over the previous two years. Why won’t the Left see that more government intervention on gun control and self-defense weapons are harming not just the city of Washington D.C., but cities all across the nation? 

Until Democrats realize this, there is no hope for America’s cities – unless we turn them red. There’s a reason why people are fleeing to Florida and Texas: they back the blue, protect the Second Amendment, and fight crime. 

Meredith Minto is a rising senior at Liberty University who has staffed and worked with several Virginia campaigns. Currently she is the Chairman of the Liberty University College Republicans and was the founding Young Americans for Freedom Chair at Liberty.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Meredith Minto

Meredith Minto is a rising senior at Liberty University who has staffed and worked with several Virginia campaigns. Currently she is the Chairman of the Liberty University College Republicans and was the founding Young Americans for Freedom Chair at Liberty.


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