What initiatives should be undertaken to address the problem of violent crime in Detroit?
If you answered “change gun laws,” you’d be in the company of many loud voices — the Wayne LaPierres and Sarah Bradys of the national gun debate — who claim to speak on behalf of Americans, including Americans in high-crime, high-poverty areas like Detroit or South Side Chicago.
Whether they’re talking about “ugly black” rifles, high-capacity magazines, pistol-free zones, gun bans, registration, confiscation, “stand your ground” laws or concealed carry, proponents on both sides of the national gun debate presume that America’s problem of gun violence can be solved by (de)regulating the kinds of guns Americans can legally own and what they can do with them.
Gun rights advocates believe that the unequivocal solution to gun violence is more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens; gun control advocates focus on restricting access to guns.
It’s a zero-sum game, a deadlocked argument.
But in Detroit, these black-and-white approaches to guns too often miss the mark…
Read the rest of my op-ed at The Detroit News here.