After ten months of hearings and research, spending an unspecified amount of taxpayer money, The Cook County Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF) has released its final 52-page report. [Click here to read.] Here are its findings:
The Cook County Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF) examined research involving various law enforcement strategies and interventions that have been proven to be successful, evidence-based programs and practices–some already in use by the Chicago Police Dept. and other local law enforcement agencies.
Among the successful evidence-based law enforcement strategies and practices that have been implemented, studied, and ultimately determined to be highly successful, are programs and practices that include: hot-spot policing, focused deterrence policing, and community policing strategies.
Additionally, the GVTF found the need for greater data sharing between law enforcement agencies, as well as better practices during crime scene investigations. The GVTF also determined that rehabilitating the relationship between law enforcement agencies and communities is critically important to building stronger strategic partnerships.
In addition to this, restoring respect for law enforcement agencies and practices in the eyes of community members is equally important and necessary in order to help obtain pertinent firearm crime and violence information, much of which may be known among community members who are otherwise reluctant to share information with law enforcement agencies due to mistrust, miscommunication, and an overall fractured relationship within this partnership.
As our headline indicates, the report doesn’t make any mention of Chicago’s “revolving door” criminal justice system, which views firearms-related charges as little more than leverage for plea deals.
Given that gang bangers are responsible for all but a fraction of Chicago’s firearms-related injuries and homicides, it’s a deficiency which should stand center stage in the effort to reduce the Windy City’s historic levels of “gun violence.”
Needless to say, it’s PC preventing the GVTF from recommending jailing gang bangers. As revealed by the language in their recommendation that “law Enforcement . . . could use curfew ordinances and truancy outreach efforts to aid in reaching at-risk populations for follow-up contact efforts, while simultaneously preventing unnecessary and excessive punitive contact with the criminal justice system.”
Anyway, as you’d expect from a government report in a city controlled by a Democrat machine, the GVTF’s final doc recommends a plethora of anti-ballistic boondoggles. For example, the GVTF wants both a California-style “state-based crime-related violence research center” and a “Cook County Gun Violence Research Consortium” to study the problem the panel just spent ten months studying.
The GVTF also wants taxpayers to pony-up for a county-wide anti-gun violence marketing campaign “focused on the harmful effect(s) and economic impact(s) of crime-related violence and firearms.” (As opposed to non-crime-related violence?)
It would be “similar to previously successful awareness campaigns, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), with universal themes, such as ‘Respect for Life’ or ‘Peace and Love’, and involve victim impact statements and influential public figures such as professional athletes and entertainers.”
And then there’s my pet peeve: cash payments to gang bangers not to bang. Or as the report puts it, the city should fund “successful evidence-based Cure Violence programs” employing “violence interrupters” with “demonstrated success in numerous jurisdictions across the country.”
If they mean political success, sure. Otherwise, as the Brits say, pull the other one, it’s got bells on it. It’s blood money, pure and simple.
And of course the report’s down with gun control. Amongst other things, it put its seal of approval of laws targeting “bad apple” gun dealers. I’ll leave you with one last recommendation, what I consider to be representational lunacy:
Introduce legislation amending the current Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) provisions to include greater penalties, fines, and fees for violators, including suspension and/or revocation of a driver’s license or permit and mandatory towing and impoundment of motor vehicles with requisite fines and fees attached.
This change would discourage would-be offenders and guarantee violators receive appropriate punishments that would not only deter harmful practices, but would also generate revenue to support necessary law enforcement activities and other treatment initiatives related to the current gun violence crisis.
Just in case you didn’t think it’s all about the money, money, money.