August 1, 1990 |
America's murder toll may break a decade-old record this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday. It blamed rising stockpiles of assault weapons and shrinking supplies of cocaine. If the pace of killing continues, the committee said, 23,220 people will be murdered this year. That figure would make it, in the words of the panel's chairman, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), "the bloodiest year in American history."