The bloodiest city in the country in 2006, reeling from crime in its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, got even worse in 2007.
New Orleans registered 209 homicides last year, a nearly 30 percent increase from the 161 recorded in 2006.
The FBI's rankings for 2007 will not be out until much later in the year, but New Orleans' population is thought to be 295,450, which would mean a rate of about 71 homicides per 100,000 people.
Even the most generous population estimate in 2006 put the number of people in the city that year at 255,000. That meant a real homicide rate of 63.5 per 100,000 residents.
To compare that number with some other notoriously bloody cities, the rate for
Gary, Ind., was 48.3 and Detroit's was 47.1.
You see! If evil GWB hadn't allowed the hurricane to destroy New Orleans and personally chased most of the population away, New Orleans wouldn't have such astronomical murder statistics.