But zeroing in on the causes of gun violence, in order to thwart them, is no easy task.It’s not just about a glut of available firearms or how easy it is to obtain one.The Law Center published a report last year on promising approaches being implemented nationwide to reduce urban gun violence.
They created a new agency, the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), to treat violence as a communicable disease and connected vulnerable residents to social services.
As ONS’s director De Vone Boggan, a 2015 Nation Swell All Star, described the agency’s mission: “You’ve got to understand the nature of [violence], and you’ve got to understand the drivers of it” in order to combat it.
In 2007, the Bay Area city was considered one of the country’s most dangerous.
So officials there enacted intervention programs and policy reforms in response.
A measure designed to keep guns away from people perceived at risk of harming themselves or others allows police, and sometimes family members, to ask the courts to intervene.
Provided with enough evidence, a judge might temporarily deny a person’s access to guns if he or she is deemed to be a significant danger.The results were impressive, with homicides in Richmond dipping by 2010.Three years later the city saw its murder rate fall from more than 40 homicides a year to 16, its lowest number in more than three decades.As the Center for American Progress pointed out in its 2016 Progress Index, there is a connected web of social and economic issues that can impact rates of violence in a community — persistent poverty and a lack of employment, to name a few.That’s led several communities to take novel approaches to curb the bloodshed, either by expanding existing federal law or implementing new ideas altogether.Below, five policies put in place by cities and states around the country whose smart governance on guns is changing the landscape for the better.