Miami has apparently registered a month without a homicide:
Midnight Friday marked the end of October and the news from Miami's homicide office was what didn't happen.
No one was murdered.
October passed without a homicide -- meaning for the first time since May 1966, an entire month went by in the city of Miami without someone succumbing violently.
''That's an amazing thing,'' said Miami Lt. John Buhrmaster, a longtime homicide investigator. ``It's a great record when people are not killing each other.''
The brief report goes on to say:
Overall, Miami has notched 55 homicides in 2008. Last year, the overall number was 87.
Let's contrast this with Chicago's rate. In August of this year, the rate was up 18% over last year.
For the first seven months of 2008, murders rose by 18 percent over the same period in 2007 and by 9 percent for the same period in 2006. According to internal police data, 291 people were killed from January through July, up from 246 in 2007 and 266 in 2006.
The only difference I notice in these two locations (besides the climate) is Florida has a "Stand Your Ground Law" and Chicago does not. In fact, Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.
Obama has been an advocate of disarming the law-abiding citizens of Chicago. Can we expect him to change his stance on this issue, if he becomes President?
Just something to think about before you pull the lever, Tuesday.