Nine People Shot in D.C. Despite ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban and Strict Gun Laws

Nine people were shot in a thirty-minute period in the nation’s capital despite the “assault weapons” ban and a raft of strict gun laws.

The city council in Washington D.C. has been celebrating its list of anti-gun laws, including an “assault weapons” ban, ammunition limits, and tougher licensing requirements. But all those wonderful anti-gun measures didn’t seem to matter a hill of beans to D.C.’s criminal element — well, I mean the ones outside Capitol Hill, anyway.

The local news reports that two men with “illegal” AK-47s stormed a D.C. apartment complex on Columbia Road and opened fire in the courtyard.

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Around 10 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of Columbia Road in Northwest for the sounds for gunshots.

When they arrived, they found five men and one woman suffering from gunshot wounds. One of those men died, 21-year-old Vincent Carter of Southeast Washington D.C.

By Friday afternoon, one victim was in critical condition while four more were listed as in stable condition.

Only minutes after the apartment shooting, three more people — two men and a woman — were found shot on he 1300 block of Brentwood Road, D.C. police said.

“According to statics and data from D.C., 125 people have been killed in the District so far this year. That’s up 17% from the 107 people killed at this time last year. That information was updated at midnight on Sept. 19,” the station reported.

All this is despite the fact that D.C. has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation. For instance, the District has outlawed “high capacity” ammunition magazines, not to mention outlawed the rifles that could take them. D.C. also has some of the strictest licensing laws anywhere.

Shockingly, it looks like criminals don’t much care what sort of laws D.C. has restricting firearms.

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