New Report ‘Crime in Washington 2021’ Damning Proof of Gun Control Failure

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A new report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs shows crime in the Evergreen State is still going up, despite the promises made by gun control advocates who pushed through two gun control initiatives, in 2014 and 2018.

U.S.A.-( In the midst of a continuing pattern of rising crime in Washington State, a new report released by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) does two things, one of them completely unintentional.

The report says there were 325 murders last year in the state, “an increase of 5.9 percent since 2020.” It is the highest number of murders recorded since WASPC began collecting data in 1980.

What the data also demonstrates is that restrictive gun control initiatives pushed through by a billionaire-backed gun prohibition lobbying group based in Seattle have failed to make communities safer, essentially putting the lie to any promises or predictions made by their proponents.

Translation: Gun control advocates misled Evergreen State voters. Their forecasts and arguments were wrong, just as Northwest gun rights leaders said they would be.

According to the Crime in Washington 2021 report, “In 2021, Violent Crimes showed an increase of 12.3% with 29,238 offenses reported; compared to 26,036 offenses reported in 2020. There were 325 murders in 2021; this is an increase of 5.9% compared to 307 murders in 2020.”

That’s even more homicides than the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report listed for 2020, the most recent year for which FBI data is available. The Crime Report is released in late September each year. For 2020, the FBI listed 298 homicides, of which 177 were committed with firearms. That was up from the 209 murders, including 141 involving guns, posted in the 2015 Crime Report.

The new WASPC report “compiles data from 232 state, county, municipal and tribal agencies,” according to KOMO News. It “is designed to give residents information on what is happening in their communities. It covers a wide variety of crime, an issue people living in Seattle say is getting out of hand.”

The report came as news from neighboring Oregon confirmed Initiative Petition 17, which seeks to ban so-called “large capacity magazines” and require Oregonians to get a permit before they can purchase a firearm, has qualified to appear on the November ballot.

New Ban Push

A new report from KING5, the Seattle Times, Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communications and the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public says 61 percent of survey respondents would support a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” However, because the Supreme Court granted certiorari to a challenge of the ban in Maryland—in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and others—and then remanded the case back to the lower court for further consideration based on the June decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, such a ban could be held unconstitutional sometime during the next two years as the case is reconsidered.

According to KGW, the WA Poll was conducted by SurveyUSA among 825 participants, which seems a pitifully small number, considering the WASPC report says there are now 7,772,506 Washington residents.

“People living in western Washington were also more likely to support a ban,” KGW reported. “A total of 65% strongly or somewhat support the idea of an assault weapon ban. Meanwhile, 48% of people from eastern Washington opposed a ban, with 35% being strongly opposed.”

Further reinforcing the notion that Democrats have become the party of gun prohibition, the poll found, “Democrats largely supported the idea, with 75% saying they strongly support a ban and 16% saying they somewhat support it. Though there was some support for a ban from Republicans, more than 50% said they were opposed, with 44% being strongly opposed.”

There is no small irony here, because the National Shooting Sports Foundation just released a new estimate on the number of modern semi-auto sporting rifles (MSRs) now in private hands. According to NSSF, the number of MSRs now in circulation is 24,446,000, which is an increase of more than 4.5 million rifles since the organization last made an estimate in 2020.

Almost simultaneously, anti-gun Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairing the House Judiciary Committee, made a startling admission during a hearing on H.R. 1808, the bill to ban so-called “assault weapons.” When Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) asked if the bill is designed to ban “weapons in common use,” Nadler unequivocally answered, “Yes, that is the point of the bill.”

The admission ignited a lively discussion on Twitter.

It was during this hearing that David Hogg, who became a poster boy for gun control after the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was ejected from the hearing room. According to Fox News, Hogg disrupted the hearing by accusing House members of inaction on gun control. As he was escorted out by security officers, Hogg reportedly declared, “You are perpetuating violence…stop these things now.”

The push to pass gun control legislation now may unintentionally signal fear from Democrats that they are likely to lose the majority on Capitol Hill in November, thus stopping efforts to place additional restrictions on gun owners, and derail Joe Biden’s gun control agenda.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Most of those in W. Washington’s cities wouldn’t know a 22 from a 50 cal. but they’re more than willing to ensure you can’t have either.


Just wait for the stats to come in for 2022. It has grown increasingly around Seattle and Tacoma and is now on full force in the ‘burbs. Not a day goes by without violence and such happening along the I-5 corridor from Oregone to Canada.


Violence is what the elite seek they flame the issues to insite those that would do harm to a fellow Americans. The socialist democratic party is communist in nature. Marxist ideologies pumped into the brains of the young with the promises of free and a life of luxury without the hard work that capitalism requires. A fool’s errand 3 decades of promoting socialism in schools across the country while parents never saw the danger being inflicted on the children. Today when parents question the school board the democratic run government labels those parents domestic terrorist. Calling on the FBI to… Read more »


john, Marxist ideology in the United States was driven largely by German immigrants in the 1850s through the 1880s. Labor unions pushed the Marxist/Socialist agenda hard starting in the later part of that period. The soviets then began their efforts (which were again embraced by many Americans in the 1920s and forward). Marxism/Socialism has been in the United States for a long time. Unfortunately, it has been extremely popular – that’s how we got Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. The “New Deal” sounds a lot better than “Socialism.” You keep writing about this being a new (last 30 years) development.… Read more »


You can argue the time frame socialism is being embraced in the 21 first century like never before. The information flows at a rate that can not be stopped social media a breeding ground for the socialist movement. In 1945 it took days for information to reach around the world now it takes nano seconds. The new deal the great reset agenda 2030 all are one in the same. Americans no longer are all looking in the same political direction with the goal of a free society. The elite continue to divide the public I have little respect for most… Read more »


John,next time you’re in need of police call a plumber!

Last edited 18 days ago by JSNMGC

Why would he do that? Personally, I can think of a handful of people I would call instead of the police. People who won’t escalate the situation and shoot me or my dog.


Better than calling you clowns.

Uvalde swat clowns dial 911 & die.png
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TEX‘s downvote posse don’t like that! Anyone know which he is? I figure the fat clown in the TEXAS hat (!)

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I’m surprised the citizens of Uvalde haven’t organized to:

  1. Completely eliminate the school district police force; and
  2. Make it legal for Uvalde school employees to carry while at work.

Citizens? Maybe mostly residents. Could be part of the problem. But that’s what they should do, plus fire the entire PD, not just school cops. Put the parents who resisted in charge. Offer that Border Patrol Agent the chief’s job.


The framework for Socialism in America was put in place by Wilson and Roosevelt. Americans back then loved Socialism.

Look in the Ammunition forum of this website. You will frequently see posts by people who graduated high school over a half century ago who don’t have the foggiest idea about the difference between socialism and capitalism.


I have to disagree with you on this one. I was born in the forties, I graduated high school in the sixties and all my children graduated in the nineties. None of us had socialism preached to us, however there was a lot of teaching on capitalism and socialism and even communism. They don’t teach history much anymore as it would let the taught think for themselves. From what my dad taught me, Socialism was a scourge when he was going to school. Capitalism was being taught as the way to go and that was in the depression era. No… Read more »


Which part of what I wrote do you disagree with specifically? Wilson and Roosevelt (and their administrations) installed the framework of socialism in America. Roosevelt was wildly popular among the majority of Americans, as were his policies. Johnson took it to the next level and most administrations since then have been expanding it. A lot of people then and now say they despise Socialism, but they agree with the core policies of Socialism. They just like to say they don’t like Socialism. That’s why Roosevelt used the term “The New Deal” and Johnson used the term “The Great Society.” Both… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by JSNMGC

Look, I said I disagree with you and I do. You disagree with me and that is fine. I am not willing to go further than this because you can’t let me say what I feel, without trying to pull some kind of a trick trying to make me feel like an idiot, of ;which I am not.
Sorry Pal, you are not worthy of my time, nor anyone else’s, IMO . If you can tell where the sun doesn’t shine, then I think that is where you should stuff it, respectfully, of course.


social security,medicare ,medicaid are socialists programs. At the start they were “voluntary” then it became a source of government revenue and mandatory taxes , then they started giving money others worked for to illegals that came here.. The people in government have done more sneaky underhanded stuff, just to gain more power. All the control bs that happened in covid was part of this , many of the cases that have gone to court have been found unconstitutional , as a republic is an individualist institution


I asked you what you disagreed with specifically, and that’s your response.
I didn’t prevent you from stating what you “feel.”
I wasn’t pulling “some kind of trick” to make you “feel” like an idiot.
Then you use the tired appeal-to-a-crowd tactic and lay on the vitriol.
You recently called for more civil discourse on the board and this is how you react to a disagreement (unspecified) over the topic of Socialism in America.

Last edited 17 days ago by JSNMGC

My apologies to you, sir. I had forgotten that you like to keep a discourse going until you can get someone to say they were wrong. I guess I didn’t say it right enough for you and for that I am sorry. I won’t be stating my opinion to you anymore because doing so would make no sense. Have a better day.


Oldman,this troll and the “other one” are not worth anyones time. They do what trolls do and try to create a negative atmosphere and arguments among commenters. I stopped feeding the trolls too. Have a really good day.


Also, it was the Loudoun County sheriff department who arrested Scott Smith for speaking up at a school board meeting after his daughter had been raped.


Yeah, we can fault the billionaire dirty money guys for lying to us to get their new restrictions foisted upon us. But the REAL problem is te stupid voters that never bothered to look beneath the surface lies the ban guys were parroting. They voted for these new laws anyway.


government should not be able to spend tax dollars against our rights, they buy time on tv and radio to push an agenda that is a thinly veiled attack ,if there was free equal rebuttal time paid out of these monies better but not perfect. In a perfect world do unto others as they would do unto you…..would not be lie cheat and steal ………


Democrats vote party lines not for the issues that plague the country. If they did there would be no longer any democrats. Maybe the black voter would continue to vote democratic they still have not learned after decades of lies. Free what they seek , not freedom from injustice The false promises from democrats have not been a hand up only a hand out. Even worse the stimulus money that the government gave out during the lockdowns was the taxpayers own money. The elected wanted applause for giving back what is our own money. Remember we have been over taxed… Read more »


and as the next great recession comes in hyper inflation will sink all but the richest and people working for the government into poverty. Martial law declared to control gun owners………local police will be paid…..more than the people they “work” for , in many cases that is a fact now….government pay should never be higher than private wages, and historically was not

Rob J

We firearms owners have long known what the facts support… violence with firearms has nothing to do with the tool and banning the tool will never work. Case in point; I came across this “article” from Axios listing 23 of “America’s deadliest modern mass shootings” and noted that 7 occurred prior to Columbine in 1999 (over 2/3 of the “deadliest modern mass shootings” occur in the 22 year period following and including Columbine). 7 mass shootings spread from 1949 to 1991 while access to firearms was greater and restrictions were less, “high capacity” magazines were in common use and ownership,… Read more »


This is a list of the most notable mass shootings in the United States since 1920 this a political talking point that the democrats continue to use to remove our freedoms. Bad people doing bad things will continue have you seen the new hollywood movie line up going forward. Violence on a new level coming to a theater soon .

Rob J

Yeah, there are more on the list than the 23 Axios chose. But that’s the fun thing about statistics, one can use them to support virtually any narrative they want by chery picking criteria (hence why I used quotations for the article). We can come up with a multitude of different statistical percentages and figures just by altering simple critera: apply “modern era” (usually deemed post Industrial Age) to the Wiki page, or remove suicides and or accidents, remove criminal on criminal violence with firearms, etc. Hell go to the Wiki page for firearm related deaths per country, adjust the… Read more »


How we use words in sentences is important, How the democrats alter the meaning and definitions and numbers to fit the narrative has gone unnoticed since Obama and his Administration.
Today it is the democratic elites best tool Word Play

uncle dudley

It would be nice to have the drug overdose deaths for the same time period as the gun deaths.
I think that would tell a tale of misdirected stories the media and politicians are ignoring.
Banning guns won’t stop a criminal in their pursuit of committing crimes.


you really do not want to see those numbers ,it is over 100,000 per year ,most states last nore people to drugs in last two years than covid


especially when one limits “WooFlew” deaths to ONLY those who died BECAUSE of the disease, rather than WITH the disease. Like the guy in LA that crashed his motorcycle, got scooped up and brought to hospital, died, but someone ran a bogus test so he “died of covid”.


A report of gun control failure? That’s doesn’t fit the narrative, but since when did any report mean anything to politicians and bureaucrats? Those that won’t follow it will surely not defend it.


This may come as a shock, but didn’t tell her already define the constitutional fact from scotus that any weapon in common use is not allowed to be banned?

Has this question not already been settled in heller?

It seems like we’re on a never-ending Merry-Go-Round and I’m getting damn tired with it.

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming


John,you’re sure right about constitutional carry. These are some wonderful times right now. We are focusing on getting the entire South CC states in the next two years,North and South Carolina, Louisiana, who’s my next door neighbor, and of course Florida once Desantis is out of office. From one to 20 in the last twenty years. Great things are happening and it will only get better !


Make that one to 25 !


Assault weapon lets not use that description of a rifle. If there are any sane democrats left in this country law abiding Americans do not have fully automatic combat weapons. Washington state drugs, crime, lawlessness, riots, looting, hate crimes, that was the normal during the pandemic. The use of fireworks to burn down private property while the police were told to do nothing. First responders attacked in their fire house while saving citizens from assault and battery. Jay Inslee is a democratic governor that has failed the people that elected him. His mandates and proclamations did tremendous harm to that… Read more »


waiting on the same thing to happen , then there will be a recount with armed observers


The same thing in Wisconsin they found just enough votes to give Evers the !% win so Walker couldn’t contest the outcome.


Is there a reasonable fix to this problem that the political party in power seems to be abusing. The january 6th hearings are just confirming that the democrats will do anything to remain in power. As we can all see that if you supported a fair election process you are now somehow guilty of a criminal act against the winning democratic party. Take this as you will I have been talking to folks about current affairs old and young alike. Most are ignorant or just do not care while a fair amount have drank the political media kool aid. Even… Read more »