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July 24th, 2006

Gang Murders

ms13.jpg One way to explain the decrease in clearance rates would be to find an increase in murders that are harder to solve. (I know, duh, but still.) I tried to see if there’s been an increase in gang murders, but I couldn’t find any hard data.

However, there was an article by Bob Barr last Wednesday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a gang called M-13. MS-13 stands for Mara Salvatrucha 13. “Experts disagree on the precise derivation of the name — believing it refers to street names in El Salvador and Los Angeles, or perhaps to slang Latin terminology for mob.”

“Already well-known to the FBI and to law enforcement in Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., this Central America-based gang is present in at least 33 states across America and in hundreds of communities.”

“… MS-13 gangs are taxing the ability of local law enforcement. The FBI has greatly helped coordinate efforts to identify and track the gang’s chapters and members. Still, with the illegal alien population across the country exploding, it is easy to grasp the extent of the problem facing law enforcement. Posing at least as serious a risk to communities across our country as Muslim extremist groups, it is clear the threat of MS-13 and similar organizations require much more attention than afforded thus far.”

(I got the picture from a website called

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