24 April 2008

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Accuses City Of Misfiring On Guns

Steve Chapman is a member of the Tribune's editorial board. His is a viewpoint probably not shared by many of his colleagues, but it is refreshing thinking. An excellent, thought-provoking piece.

He begins with:

"When a rash of gun murders takes place, it makes sense for the police to do one of two things: renew tactics that have been effective in the past at curbing homicides, or embrace ideas that have not been tried before. But those options don't appeal to Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis. What he proposes instead is a crackdown on assault weapons. I'm tempted to say this is the moral equivalent of a placebo—a sugar pill that is irrelevant to the malady at hand. But that would be unfair. Placebos, after all, sometimes have a positive effect. Assault weapons bans, not so much."

And he winds up with this:

"Gun control hasn't worked as a remedy for crime. So what makes anyone think the answer is more gun control?"

Compelling, to say the least. Read the full opinion piece from the Chicago Tribune.

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