Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gun Bans? "That's what people do when they don't understand the problem"

two gunsTheStar.com | World | A look beyond the handgun ban: What if you really wanted to stop gun violence? Would you look to a ban?
Bans? "That's what people do when they don't understand the problem," says Juan Johnson – or "Big Juan," as he's fairly known in the hardscrabble neighbourhoods on Chicago's gang-infested west side.
Johnson works for Ceasefire, an organization of ex-gang-members who are working to stop gang violence.

But you don't have to believe "Big Juan." Take a look at the numbers.
Chicago outlawed handgun sales in 1981. In the past week, there have been 40 shootings
In 2003 Chicago was the murder capital of America. Since then, they have reduced shootings quite a bit, without a single new gun-control law. So do you want to control guns, or do you want to control crime?

Continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results is one definition of insanity. This story details several organizations, including Ceasefire, that are trying to do something different and achieve a better result. And they are achieving results in Chicago, Cincinnati, and elsewhere. [via Uncle]

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