John Lewis is a stopped clock who’s right every now and then.
And he’s right that we’ve lost too many people to gun violence. But his solution (tying background checks to the terrorist watch list) is weak sauce. At best it might have stopped the Orlando shooter from legally obtaining a gun. But several variations of the proposal wouldn’t have stopped even that low bar. And what of the amount of violence committed by your everyday drug dealing criminals? It would have 0 effect on that.
I’ve said before that I was once all in on the rights violating war on drugs. I recognized my mistake, but since apparently we’re throwing rights out the window now, let’s go over some proposals that would help solve the gun violence problem in the US:
- Warrantless searches of homes in high crime areas. Take North St. Louis City for example. Incredibly high crime, it represented a substantial chunk of the 180+ murders in the city last year. Obviously if we empowered police to conduct searches of the residences they believed housed illegal activities we could stop many of these murders. Police could keep a list of homes that they have reason to believe should be searched at random.
- Speaking of lists, how about a list of cars thought to be associated with crime. Using modern license plate reading tech, these cars could be identified on the road and their owners stopped, questioned, and searched as needed. This may put a damper on the number of drive-by shootings (or get away cars).
- Stop and frisk. It was used in NYC to some effect. It could be expanded. Again, police could keep a list of people who should be stopped and frisked upon any contact. If they’re law abiding citizens they have nothing to fear.
- Expanding 24-48 hour detention rules. After all, if 1-3 don’t produce sufficient evidence, yet there’s still concern the suspect may be about to engage in criminal activity, a few nights in holding might prevent that.
This is just 4 possible suggestions to helping curb crime in our inner cities, I’m sure there are many more. So man up John Lewis, let’s suspend some rights and end gun violence!