The odds of getting something through the Senate have improved marginally, but Democrats will probably still try to filibuster. I would not go this far after a law to judge its impact since the farther you go in time the more likely that other factors will begin to dominate, but the article notes that: "According to FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, the district had 192 murders in 1977, when the population was 690,000 people. In 2000, the population had declined to 572,000, but experienced 239 murders. According to the most recent figures, murders rose to 264 in 2002 and dropped a bit to 248 in 2003.".