For example- Central States' Oklahoma City- which has a larger population than K.C. (although KC's Metro area population is more than twice as large)- registered 60 homicides in 2010.
The City of Omaha NE which has about 75000 less residents than we do- totalled 35 killings last year.
Only St. Louis MO- which is actually smaller in population- exceeded KC-MO's homicide count with an "unofficial" 2010 total of 142.
Kansas City's killing rate is deplorable- and it seems both our political leaders and the local news media give only begrudging coverage to that fact- and that too is a disgrace.