A Roundup of a Dozen Anticrime Ideas Without New Gun Control Laws


The Washington Post “Wonkblog” suggests a dozen ways that crime might be cut without involving gun control. Here they are, in brief: Cutting lead in gasoline and paint, to reduce brain damage; raise taxes on alcohol; improve foster care for delinquent youth; expand “hot spot” and “problem-based” policing; provide boys with small group instruction in social and life skills in school, and sports programming after school; better pre-school programs; Also, holding gangs responsible for violence by their members; more police patrols to confiscate illegal guns; train parents better about aggression; multi-systemic therapy for violent youth; more street lighting; and better mentoring and specialized education.

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