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Solutions causing problems: "Come on, LET us search your house"
Another commemorative moment for the rising homicide toll, and an announcement from Lynn and Sylvester:
The police will increase their efforts to get illegal guns off the streets by relying on citizens to let the police into their homes to search for them.
I don't think I am opposed to a 'throwing initiatives to the wall to see what will stick' approach to the gun violence problem. And doing something is doing something.
...And I'll admit that this plan is sort of the opposite of stop-and-frisk, so by rights I shouldn't be allowed to complain. It's like the Antioch approach to sex applied to police investigation.
However, it's hard not to read this kind of article on that kind of day and not be the plaintive person (always criticizing, never proposing) that Sam hates. So, I can't help myself: this is what they come up with? Really?
Stepping back and minute and granting some benefit of all my doubts, there's a way you can look at this plan as helping to increase citizen collaboration with the police. That'd be a good thing. A big part of the persistent violence and low conviction rates is a deep rift between the police and the scared residents of the worst crime-plagued areas. They often see policing as ineffective and not serving them when and where they need it. So working together, that sounds good.
But...a little problem:
Those inviting police into their homes to search for illegal guns also should not expect officers to look the other way if evidence of illegal activity - including drugs - is present, [Abraham] said.
The police won't charge people for possessing the illegal guns themselves. Which is good, since that would sort of derail the plan to get people to ask the police in to search for them, except as for the really dumb. And the police will, quite sensibly, not extend that protection if it turns out the gun was used in a murder. But not limiting the police's entry to the reclamation of the guns we're looking for: recipe for another press-conference-distraction of an initiative that doesn't even in theory hold much promise of affecting the rate of shootings and murders.