Archive for Monday, November 24, 2008

Lawrence a safer city in 2007 than in 2006, according to a national survey

Lawrence is on the list of safest cities in the United States.

November 24, 2008, 11:11 a.m. Updated November 24, 2008, 6:03 p.m.


Lawrence received a boost in an annual crime rankings report — improving to the 114th-safest metropolitan area in 2007 compared with the city’s ranking of 166th-safest in 2006.

The city’s ranking improved based on the 2007 crime statistics, when no homicides occurred in the city. CQ Press releases the annual rankings of 385 U.S. metropolitan areas based on how many murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts are reported.

New Orleans had the highest crime rate ranking, followed by Camden, N.J., Detroit, St. Louis and Oakland. Ramapo, N.Y., ranked as the safest metropolitan area.

Other Kansas cities on the list, from most safe to least were: Overland Park, 39; Topeka, 238; Wichita, 295; and Kansas City, Kan., 344.

CQ Press in 2007 purchased the Lawrence-based Morgan Quitno Press publishing firm. The firm's owners, Scott and Kathleen Morgan, of Lawrence, developed the formula that uses FBI crime data. The Morgans are still editors of the annual rankings.

The rankings have often had critics, including city and chambers of commerce leaders across the country who say they are alarmist. The FBI also cautions against using data for comparison among cities. In a statement from CQ Press, the company acknowledged that many factors contribute to crime levels but the rankings allow community leaders to track crime trends annually.

Lawrence had no homicides in 2007, but next year’s rankings will include the four homicides reported in the city so far this year.

A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of Morgan Quitno Press.


50YearResident 9 years, 6 months ago

Could Lawrence be safer because of the people with Concealed Carry Licenses? It must be true that when a crook doesn't know who might be able to defend himself (armed) they actually commit fewer crimes. Also don't forget there has not been any accidental shootings of innocent bystanders. Who would have thought that would happen?Thanks to those responsible for lowering the crime rate and making Lawrence safer!

persevering_gal 9 years, 6 months ago

Good thing this doesn't include car accidents!!!

Danimal 9 years, 6 months ago

I was just thinking Lawrence might drop a little for next year, but the national crime rate is on the rise so it might not be as bad as you'd think.

1029 9 years, 6 months ago

It's clear that crime went down because of concealed carry. I challenge anyone in the anti-constitution crowd to prove that there isn't a correlation between the two. There's too many variables. The reason that crime went back up in 2008 is because all those places are putting up those no gun stickers and now criminals know where people aren't allowed to defend themselves.

yellowhouse 9 years, 6 months ago

The Yellow House is working hard to keep this community safe. Therefore everyone can sleep a little better tonight.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

personally, I wouldn't necessarily say that concealed carry has reduced the violent crime (although it very well may have), but I will say it certainly didn't increase it- that much has been proven. What happened to all those hysterical, dire predictions from the bedwetting anti gun liberals who "just knew" it would lead to "old west" style shootouts, rampant violence, blah, etc, blah? huh? so where is all the predicted bloodshed? C'mon, don't you anti constitution idiots have have the testicular fortitude to admit your fear mongering was wrong? Of course they don't.....never let the facts get in the way of good ol' liberal hate & intolerance. 'Nuff said..

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 6 months ago

Find me the stats on Memphis. They have concealed carry laws there and it was a nightmare to live in nonetheless. Causation and correlation are different things.

SpiritTat 9 years, 6 months ago

1029 says: "The reason that crime went back up in 2008 is because all those places are putting up those no gun stickers and now criminals know where people aren't allowed to defend themselves."I don't think any of the murders that we've had this year have happened in any public building ~ the main (only?) places that have those 'no gun stickers.'So that signage can have nothing to do with the increase in murders (by gun or otherwise) this year.Agree w/ya, Buffylo Gal ~ conceal & carry is the law in many big cities where violent crime is rampant. There ARE too many variables, I would suppose, to prove one way or the other w/conceal & carry. I’d like to see the stats though… It’d be valuable information for all of us, whatever “side” of the issue – or mid-ground- we may be on.

gbaker 9 years, 6 months ago


Chris Ogle 9 years, 6 months ago

If Lawrence is one of the safest, I will be afraid to go anywhere including outside the house.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

the violent cities have had high rates of violence far longer than the concealed carry laws have been in effect.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

...and if you do live in a city with a high rate of violent crime, taking measures to protect yourself, family, and property would be a smart idea. Concealed carry of a fireamr you're able to use effectively is a reasonable way to do that. Again, I won't say it reduces a citie's crime rate, but obviously it doesn't contribute either. Dirtbags & criminals will be around no matter what.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 09/10/08)According to police, several people were trying to pry open the front door to a residence and, with his pregnant wife and two children in a back bedroom, the homeowner had just seconds to react. Noting that at least one of the suspects was armed, the homeowner grabbed his shotgun. When the door began to open, the home-owner stuck the barrel of his shotgun into the opening and fired. One suspect fell dead while his accomplices ran from the scene. “[The deceased] was wearing a full beanie and gloves,” said a neighbor. “Those guys came to kill.” (The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 09/10/08)

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(Troup County News, LaGrange, GA, 08/15/08)His barking dog awakened a Baptist minister early one morning. Deciding to investigate, he grabbed his .454 Casull revolver and slid open the front door. What he found was quite alarming—a man high on narcotics was holding a brick in the air, pounding on the side of the house and shouting. The minister retreated inside, but the crazed man forced his way through the door. Fearing for his safety, the minister pointed his big-bore revolver at the suspect, ordered him to the floor and held him for police. A responding deputy had to use a Taser on the suspect before taking him into custody.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 08/28/08)Joshua Eastman was loading groceries into his vehicle in a store parking lot when a man wearing a bandana and carrying a gun approached. Police said the man announced a robbery. Eastman tried to stall him, hoping onlookers would notice and call police, but the robber grew impatient and started shooting. Eastman wasn’t struck by the gunfire, but shattered glass ripped through his legs. That’s when Eastman, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his handgun and opened fire on the assailant, wounding him. Eastman fled to safety inside the store. Police found the suspect hiding nearby.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(Bradenton Herald, Bradenton, FL, 09/14/08)"It’s kind of a blur, ” recalls Robert Smotherman of his life’s most terrifying moment. As he pulled into his driveway, two men wearing ski masks and carrying rifles ran around the corner and demanded his valuables. “I had a gun on me,” recalls Smotherman, a concealed-carry permit holder. “[They] hesitated, and I took the opportunity.” Police said Smotherman fired eight shots from his .45-caliber pistol, striking at least one of the suspects several times and causing both to flee. “I just took my gut reaction and went with my first instinct,” he explained. The wounded suspect was apprehended; his accomplice is being sought.

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(Presque Isle County Advance, Rogers City, MI, 08/28/08)After hearing several bumps in the night, Claire Storms woke her husband, NRA Life member Dave Storms. He armed himself with a handgun and approached the noise. A 16-year-old wearing a bandana over his face was in the bathroom. Police said the teen had forcefully entered a window and was stealing money from Dave’s wallet. “Just his eyes were showing,” Storms recalled. “I put the gun on him real quick and I said, ‘Back up and sit down on the pot’.” The teen sat down and waited for police to arrive, all the while asking to leave and begging not to be shot. Storms said some in the community feared he’d be charged with a crime for defending himself, but he knew he was within his rights. “If it was Washington, D.C., I would be in trouble,” Storms said, adding that his fellow citizens “better vote for people who believe in the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms.”

Robert Marble 9 years, 6 months ago

(Tidewater News, Franklin, VA, 08/13/08)NRA member David Johnson was returning home from work when he saw something suspicious—the door to his neighbor’s recently vacated home was propped open. He found that his front door, too, was ajar, with a bicycle in the driveway and his dog running loose. Fearing a prowler was in the area, Johnson ran upstairs to get his shotgun. According to police, Johnson found a man ransacking his bedroom. He quickly pointed his shotgun at the intruder and ordered him to the floor. Responding officers arrested the intruder, who was carrying a stolen gun and has a lengthy criminal record. “[The intruder is a] poster boy for Project Exile!” Johnson wrote in a letter to the NRA.

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