According to npr.org‘s A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia, Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero came up with a successful prescription for “gun violence.” “With the army’s OK, he implemented a ban on carrying weapons on weekends and holidays. Stop-and-frisk checkpoints, which would become so unpopular two decades later in New York City, confiscated weapons from the most dangerous parts of the city. The measures worked. Murders dropped from 2,239 in 1994 to 1,695 in 1998 — a 30 percent decline. A decade later, Cali’s murder rate per 100,000 people had been cut in half. Meanwhile . . .
other cities have copied DESEPAZ’s [Development, Security and Peace Program] approach; in Bogota, homicides dropped by two-thirds.”
Gun violence as a social disease? The antis are gonna love this. Yes, but – the report completely ignores human rights abuses in Colombia, including terrorist groups and paramilitary death squads. More to the point, are you buying this? Does gun control reduce “gun violence”? [h/t SS]