In its ongoing, increasingly desperate and obviously ineffective attempt to stem the rising tide of gun violence, Chicago’s throwing everything against the proverbial wall. Well, not everything. Kidnapping and torture are now off the menu. At least officially. Until the Windy City cop retires. Where was I? Oh yes, crime fighting in the gun control capital of the country. The city recently put unaccountable felons (a.k.a., “violence interrupters”) on the payroll, shoveling taxpayer money to the recently renamed Cure Violence Chicago non-governmental organization. They’re also going high-tech, installing ye olde Shotspotter shot spotting technology. You know; so they can ID shooters and arrest them. This despite the fact that chicago.cbslocal.com reports that . . .
Gunshot detection technology was tested previously in Chicago between 2003 and 2007, but was rejected as too expensive and ineffective.
“You know, that’s a century in the technological world. They’ve improved it dramatically,” [Chicago Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy said. “It’s very, very accurate. My understanding is it triangulates it to sometimes down to a foot, or three feet.”
He said it’s already been successful in several incidents.
“In these incidents, ShotSpotter successfully identified shots fired events, and effectively directed our officers before receiving 911 calls for service from the public,” McCarthy said.
Quick question: was anyone arrested in these incidents? Is that “Won’t Get Fooled Again” I don’t hear playing in the background?
In fact, Shot Spotter was recently rejected by another [legal] gun-free paradise plagued by perps’ pistol craft. Here’s the bad news from Trenton dated December 2011.
According to this report, the Shot Spotter sent Garden State cops on wild goose chases. In other words, having it was worse than not having it. Who’d a thunk? But that’s OK, I guess, because “The $200,000 cost has been covered by forfeited assets.” Not the time wasted or the running costs, mind you.
Hey! Here’s an idea! Let law-abiding Illinois residents keep and bear arms. As in carry. Make it easy for them to do so. See what happens to the violent crime rate in general and gun violence in particular. Hey, it’s worth a try.