Tuesday, October 03, 2017
TKC TUESDAY LAS VEGAS MASSACRE AFTERMATH QUESTION: IS MAYOR SLY GLOATING ABOUT GUN CONTROL AND SHOULD KANSAS CITY RESTART EFFORTS TO CRACKDOWN ON FIREARMS???
A terse statement from Kansas City Mayor Sly James regarding the Las Vegas Mass Shooting still conveys quite a bit.
"Yet another community faced a horrific instance of gun violence, fear, and loss. Our thoughts are with all those families affected in Las Vegas. And we’re grateful for the brave work of the first responders."
On the face of it, his comment is generic and appropriate . . .
However, his use of the phrases "yet another" and "gun violence" might trigger opponents of the 2nd Amendment to continue their crusade.
Remember that Mayor Sly was SMACKED DOWN when he attempted to work against CCW inside the city limits.
However . . .
In Kansas City & beyond . . . Opponents of assault rifles, large capacity magazines and souped-up bullets are rallying to revitalize gun control efforts in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
And so, as always, we put it to our blog community . . .
IS IT TIME FOR KANSAS CITY TO RETHINK TOUGHER GUN CONTROL TACTICS TO PREVENT LOCAL DEADLY MASS SHOOTINGS???
Prez Trump refuses to talk about gun control but there's local precedent for gun crackdowns that don't require new legislation.
The Kansas City Gun Experiment was a milestone in police action targeting illegal weapons in order to curb crime.
"The Kansas City Gun Experiment used intensive police patrols directed to an 80-block hotspot area where the homicide rate was 20 times the national average. Patrol officers seized guns by frisking individuals who were arrested and by making plain view sightings of firearms during routine traffic violation or safety stops. Traffic stops were most effective in locating illegal guns, with 1 gun found per 28 stops. Gun crimes, including drive-by shootings and homicides, declined significantly during the 29-week experimental period between July 1992 and January 1993. Drive-by shootings dropped from 7 to 1 in the target area . . ."
Like it or not, this was one of the most groundbreaking law enforcement tactics Kansas City has seen in its history. Some anti-violence advocates encourage a second look at this controversial effort.
In the meantime, the gun control debate rages and politicos seem more sympathetic to a fight over policy that has been a losing battle thus far:
Governing: Before Las Vegas Shooting, Nevadans Voted for Stricter Gun Control. Then the State Refused to Enforce It.
ABC News: Jimmy Kimmel calls out Congress over inaction on gun control, says they're in NRA's pocket
Newsweek: THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND NOT MUCH MORE: POLITICIANS REACT TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
The Week: How 'thoughts and prayers' became the stock phrase of tragedies
KCTV5: Local firearms expert talks about rifle conversions after mass shooting
NPR: A Familiar, Partisan Response In Congress To Las Vegas Massacre
Time: Country Guitarist Who Witnessed Las Vegas Shooting Changes His Opinion on Gun Control: 'Enough Is Enough'
You decide . . .