A story from CNN is lays out the challenge facing the Crescent City as well as others around the country: “New Orleans’ top priority: Cut its murder rate”. And the rate there is down, per the story, “2013 brought a 19% reduction in the murder rate from 2012, and the number of murders in New Orleans was the lowest recorded since 1985. Additionally, in the neighborhoods specifically targeted by NOLA FOR LIFE, there were 37% fewer murder victims and 33% fewer shooting victims in 2013.” Somehow — magically — it was all done without new gun control legislation . . .
The money for these efforts addressed the following:
1) “The majority of murders in New Orleans were committed by a small and identifiable set of people in a few neighborhoods as the result of petty disputes” Duh. Go after the trouble makers — why is this so hard or it takes some big analysis to figure out?
2) “Through several extensive studies, we found that 52% of African American working-age men in New Orleans don’t have jobs. So we are implementing an Economic Opportunity Strategy to connect disadvantaged job seekers with some of the region’s largest employers and anchor institutions.” As has long been said by many People of the Gun, solve the socio-economic problems and that will fix the other things. Prosperity, pride in work and one’s self mean you are probably not thugging in the streets.
3) The effort in New Orleans was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies with a $3.7 million grant. It seems that all that money used during the mid-terms on pointless gun control could have been better spent. And there is proof. There is plenty of proof that gun control doesn’t work, but here we have something that DOES work? Why throw more money at bad ideas?
No gun control was needed in the Big Easy, no new laws were enacted and Bloomberg — yes, that Michael Bloomberg — actually spent his money on programs that really worked. As gun owners like to say, “we don’t need more stinkin’ gun control laws.”
It would seem that Bloomberg et al. could save more than a few lives without trying to pass new background checks — but hey, gun control feeds that massive Bloomberg ego. Philanthropies that have been shown to work give him almost zero press in comparison, which is too bad.
Maybe if the people who want to ban guns would take the lessons learned in NOLA and apply them to other places – I’m looking at you, Chicago — instead of further burdening the People of the Gun, they’d get more bang for their buck. So to speak.