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A city in denial [Letter]

Memorial DayStephanie Rawlings-Blake

For your paper to claim that six shootings in Baltimore City over the Memorial Day weekend is "dramatically fewer" than the 12 shot over the same period last year is absurd ("Six people shot, three fatally, in Baltimore over holiday weekend," May 27), especially considering that three people died from gunshot injuries both years.

For Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to declare that some kind of progress is being made on crime based on the statistically lower number of shootings is outrageous. The fact is that crime and violence in Baltimore are still wildly out of control. That the mayor doesn't acknowledge this indicates that she is either willfully ignorant or is playing word games while people are killed and wounded at an astronomical rate.

Sean Tully, Baltimore

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