Eleanor Holmes Norton Says Washington is ‘The Safest City in America’

I bet you didn’t know that our nation’s capital is the safest city in America. That’s what DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is telling the world after the Navy Yard shooting.

Here’s a chart of the 10 safest cities in America according to InfoPlease:

Safest CitiesNotice that Washington DC isn’t on any of the three ranking lists. But it is on the list of the most dangerous cities in America. In fact, it’s ranked #5:

Most Dangerous CitiesThe Huffington Post reports that “there have been 10 separate shootings in Washington, D.C., since the night of Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, not counting the rampage at the Navy Yard on Monday morning, police told The Huffington Post over the phone. The number reflects only those shootings to which police responded. Those 10 shootings left two dead and an additional 13 wounded.”

A good year is when our nation’s capital has less than 90 murders in a year:

“Last year, Washington’s murder rate was 13.91 murders per 100,000 people, according to calculations made by D.C. Homicide Watch, a community reporting project that aims to cover every murder in the city. Homicide Watch points out that this is the eighth-highest murder rate per capita among U.S. cities with populations greater than 500,000. In early January, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said there were only 88 murders in the city in 2012, which officials boasted was a ‘historic low.’”

That’s about a “Navy Yard-sized tragedy about every two months.” But who’s counting in America’s safest city? Maybe she meant that Washington is the safest city next to Chicago, another strong Democrat stronghold.