Funny how, they don't seem to want to admit that bad guys may not committing as many violent crimes because they are worried about getting killed by their intended victims. If that is the case, it's no wonder that the only area that reported homicides actually went up, is in a region with the strictest gun laws.
Although overall violent crime dropped in all regions of the country, the northeastern United States saw only a minuscule 0.2% overall decline. Meanwhile, violent crime dropped 7.8% in the South, and 7.2% in both the West and Midwest. In the Northeast, reported homicides actually rose by 5.7%. That compares with a dramatic 12% decline in homicide in the South, and drops of 7.1% in the West and 6.3% in the Midwest.