With easy gun access, and 26,000 people, Squirrel Hill has had zero gun murders in the last decade

I live in Pennsylvania, where it’s very easy to get a gun.

My neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, has 26,000 people.

In the last 10 years, there has been only one murder in my neighborhood. This gives it an annual murder rate of 0.4 per 100,000 people. If my neighborhood was its own country, it would have the sixth lowest murder rate of any country in the world.

That one murder consisted of a burglar bludgeoning a 90-year-old homeowner to death. He was convicted after just 14 months, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The burglar was from another neighborhood.

Lest anyone think it is a rich, exclusive neighborhood, the rent for my one bedroom apartment is only $725 a month, and there are quite a few vacancies in my building every summer, as many of the tenants are graduate students from all over the world, who only live here for a few years.

Anyway, I think it’s interesting that in my neighborhood of 26,000 people, where it’s very easy to get a gun, there have been exactly zero gun murders in the past decade.

October 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Guns, Pittsburgh, Politics, Squirrel Hill.


  1. EDell replied:

    In Canada, where it’s not as easy to get a gun as in the US, there were 131 gun homicides in 2013 – out of a total population of 35 million. So I’m supposed to be impressed with your 0 out of 26,000? You’ve got to do much better than that in the impression department.


    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      OK. In the next decade, I’ll see if we can have a negative number of gun murders.

      • EDell replied:

        Canada has plenty of dinky little towns with negative number of gun murders, too. Dinky towns don’t matter, they don’t reflect the big picture in the way a whole country does. Let’s see how well you do in that department, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        Yes, overall as an entire country, Canada’s murder rate is much lower than that of the U.S.

  2. poetopoet replied:

    Think again Maple Brain, these are stats from 2011:

    Here are Canada’s top 10 cities ranked by their homicide rate per 100,000 people:

    Winnipeg, 5.08
    Halifax, 4.41
    Edmonton, 4.17
    Thunder Bay, 3.33
    Regina, 3.15
    Saint John, 2.90
    Peterborough, 2.44
    Saskatoon, 2.16
    St. John’s, 2.12
    London, 1.80

    • EDell replied:

      Yeah, and add it all up and what do you get? Besides, I talked about gun homicides, not all homicides. And even when you include all homicides, that still amounts to only 505 in 2013 – less than Chicago’s 516 in 2012, a city with 8% of the population of Canada, meaning you’re at least 12 times as likely to get killed in the single city of Chicago than in all of Canada. What’s the pointless point you’re making?

      • poetopoet replied:

        All I know is I found my mark, some call it a Bulls-Eye, butt then again shit is shit., hairs looking at you.

        You know from this distance you still stink.

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