From chicagotribune.com’s 4 big ideas to improve Chicago:
• Reduce gun violence by insisting on gun safety. “Thousands of Americans — die each year because of accidents with guns. Many people are killed when guns are stolen and then used in crimes. Gun safety technology is being developed that makes it impossible for anyone but the owner of the gun to use that weapon, but gun makers have been slow to integrate or refine these technologies. If the Chicago Police Department were to follow the lead of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and many other police departments and say to gun manufacturers, “You will only get future business from us if you agree to use state-of-the-art gun safety systems,” manufacturers would have to listen. This change, along with a much more vigorous crackdown on rogue gun dealers who sell weapons that end up at crime scenes, would dramatically reduce the damage done by those who wield guns in our city.