Monday, January 28, 2013

The anti-violence effort that saved American lives…in Iraq

by Subhash Kateel
(Originally published in the Examiner)

In 2005, when our decision makers wanted desperately to stop young Americans from being killed in the streets, they knew they could do it by investing millions in the people that were doing the shooting and killing. But those streets were in Baghdad.

As the debate on “gun violence” (apparently the only type of violence worth stopping) carries on, we are stuck recycling the same solutions with the same dubious results. As I noted in my last piece, “Beyond Banning Bad Guns and Arming Good Guys, “ some measures, like background checks, may actually have an impact on violence. Others, like a much touted assault weapons ban, or the increased armed presence of…um…”resource officers” in schools very likely won’t. Even though everyone admits that horrible school shootings are “exceedingly rare” and current proposals probably wouldn’t stop them even if they weren’t, the race to respond to Newtown has made it abundantly clear that leaders of all parties lack the political will to stop the next wave of killings in New Haven, Newark or New Orleans. 

To understand how bankrupt our solutions to the American culture of violence are, you only have to compare them to the decisive action taken in Iraq as American lives where being cut down by Iraqi insurgents...KEEP READING HERE

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