Ohio Murder Rates Far Higher Than NYC as State’s GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Slams City’s Crime Woes

by Rocco Parascandola and Bill Sanderson
New York Daily News
April 17, 2023

Before Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan gavels into order a House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday aimed at shaming New York City’s crime problem, he might consider a deep look at the far higher murder rates of his home state.

Ohioans are more likely to die from gun violence than New Yorkers — and the state’s overall murder rate far exceeds that of New York City and of Manhattan alone, a Daily News analysis of federal Centers for Disease Control data shows.

… Data showing Jordan and other Ohioans that their state is more dangerous on a per capita basis than New York City probably won’t change any minds, said Jeffrey Butts, a research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Jordan’s effort to convince his constituents that New York is a crime-ridden center of chaos will be helped simply because the city’s big population means it has more crime than a small town, Butts said.

“It’s also true of cancer and teenage heartbreak — there’s much more of it in New York than Dublin, Ohio,” he said. “That’s because there are just so many people here.”

“It’s a constant struggle to penetrate all the noise and the confusion,” Butts added, “because people will believe what they want to believe.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, addresses the National Rifle Association Convention on April 14, 2023, in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings/AP)