A crime lab in the San Francisco Bay area has made an impressive dent in gun violence by helping local cops swiftly identify weapons used in crime through the 20-year-old National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. So why aren’t other police departments taking advantage of the network?
“We need data, not politics or emotion, to drive our decisions,” foundation co-chair Laura Arnold said in a statement. The new collaborative hopes to raise another $30m from private donors to produce research that will help policymakers.
The biggest decline in firearm homicides was among African-American men, amounting to 32 per cent between 2000 and 2015, according to the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. But the decline coincided with a rise in gun deaths in rural counties.
An inmate serving a life sentence for murder reflects on the tragedy that landed him behind bars, and on his search for forgiveness for a criminal past that made him a “monster,” in an essay written for the Beat Within, a prison writers’ workshop based in San Francisco.
Seventeen states require people placed under restraining orders to surrender their guns or face arrest. In the latest installment of its nine-part series of editorials on links between domestic violence, guns and mass shootings, the New York Times says Congress should make this a federal law–but that would require politicians “to put aside their fear that any restrictions on guns…will run afoul of the mindless absolutism that increasingly defines the NRA.”
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan says, “We know we have three people murdered in half a mile of each other in 10 days, They were all walking alone. Probably minding their own business. Lord knows whoever is doing this.” Dugan says there is no evidence yet of a serial killer.
Often missing in the gun control debate is the perspective of those who worry that a loved one might catalyze the next American tragedy. In the aftermath of Las Vegas, one of our regular columnists provides a poignant example.