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Lopez: Firearms behind rise in Durham violent crime

Posted May 4, 2015

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— Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez was direct regarding why the city has experienced a spike in violent crime.

“I think the cause is because people are using guns and violence to deal with their issues, whatever that issue may be,” he said.

Overall violent crime has increased 22 percent when compared to this time last year, according to numbers Lopez provided to city leaders during Monday’s city council meeting.

“We got to these communities ahead of time to let them know that there is going to be a continual police presence for a long period of time,” he said.

When broken down:

  • Homicides increased 67 percent.
  • Aggravated assaults increased 28 percent.
  • Robbery increased 18 percent.
  • Reported rapes decreased 32 percent.

Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts also declined, but the department did not meet its goal of responding to priority calls within five minutes.

Reducing the negative trends will require accountability across the department, Lopez said.

“We're looking to improve in anything that we're doing,” he said. “I mean, response times, our expectations. We really push ourselves to the edge on it.”

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  • Mark Cline May 5, 2015
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    On June 16, 2014, the Durham City Ordinances Section 46-22 was modified. 46-22(a) says it is unlawful for any person to display a dangerous weapon while on, or in city property. 46-22(b) concerns the posting against carrying concealed handguns on city listed city property (parks and pools), specifically, athletic fields and associated property during scheduled athletic events. The posting is at the discretion of the city manager.

    Sections 46-23 - 46-27 were repealed on 6/16/14. This dealt with display in public places (streets, street fairs, public assemblies, mass public transportation vehicles, etc.) which are not occurring on government property.

    So, the purported "new law" making open carry of firearms illegal in the city of Durham is false and does not exist. That doesn't mean that open carry is a good idea. In fact, tactically speaking, it is a terrible idea and could be subject to "Armed to the Terror of the People."

  • Patrick Demby May 5, 2015
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    Yep, the liberal deflection game....always something or someone else besides the actual person at fault.

    I'd tell you what Durham's problem is....along with many other poverty stricken, crime ridden locales, but I suspect my comment would disappear. The truth is a hard pill for some to swallow, especially for those who have made lucrative careers from said poverty stricken, crime ridden locales.

    But, until someone speaks the truth it will be business as usual and nothing will be solved.

  • Jamal Jensen May 5, 2015
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    Excellent point!

  • Dean Morron May 5, 2015
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    Mr. Fred Koslof, just where oh where are you getting your information from ? I believe you are pulling it out of a hat, or maybe worse. I am a law abiding citizen and a LIFE member of the NRA …. so please tell me what dis-service the NRA is doing to me, my family, and all law abiding citizens ? I take it you've never had to protect your own life, or a loved one's life before ?

  • Gerald Elliott May 5, 2015
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    No Chief, criminals are. You guys do a fantastic job getting them off of the streets and judges release them a week later.

  • Lee Rogers May 5, 2015
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    All guns started out as 'legal purchases' but then due to lack of proper security by you gun loving people, 'your' guns make their way to the 'bad guys'. -Fred Kozlof

    What Mr Kozlof means is most guns are purchased legally, and when someone breaks into your house and steals it, it's your fault, not the criminal who just couldn't help himself. He probably would like for the gun owner to go to prison for enabling his felony.
    BTW Adul Siler stole my thunder with his comparing guns and homicides with cars and DWIs- kudos to him!

  • Lee Rogers May 5, 2015
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    All guns started out as 'legal purchases' but then due to lack of proper security by you gun loving people, 'your' guns make their way to the 'bad guys'. -Fred Kozlof

    What Mr Kozlof means is most guns are purchased legally, and when someone breaks into your house and steals it, it's your fault, not the criminal who just couldn't help himself. He probably would like for the gun owner to go to prison for enabling his felony.
    BTW Adul Siler stole my thunder with his comparing guns and homicides with cars and DWIs- kudos to him!

  • Dean Logan May 5, 2015
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    How many of the homicides were self defense?
    None, because it doesn't get ruled a homicide if no charges were made due to it being self defense.

  • Lee Rogers May 5, 2015
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    I really believe that cars and trucks are a direct cause of DWI violations as well...
    lol-

  • Mark Cline May 5, 2015
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    I don't believe the NRA is a party to any of this. The NRA is doing exactly what it was formed to do, and the additional role of protecting the gun rights of ALL Americans.

    They...nay, WE, are standing against governmental tyranny in all of its forms. We saw that tyranny exercised by an elected official regarding the State Fairgrounds.

    We are seeing it demonstrated by Mr. Obama, and cronies, in Washington. The most recent exhibition of that tyranny is his expressed desire to nationalize the police, in fact, to internationalize the police forces of this nation.

    There is also the militarization of the police. True, they need special equipment and training to deal with some of the tactics they are using, like invading homes in the middle of the night, unannounced.

    Yes, Eric Holder is responsible for Operation Fast and Furious and our current AG will do who knows what to our rights...not just gun rights. Speech, religion, etc. are also under fire.

    We cannot simply coexist anymore.

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