When Newark Detectives Raul Diaz and Donald Stabile arrive at a fatal shooting scene, they will sidestep the central investigation, leaving that to homicide detectives, and instead zero in on the gun.
In a deeper analysis than has been done previously, they will look at the weapon’s history, origin and who has used it -- all as part of a new, two-prong strategy that includes gun buy backs to reduce shooting violence in the city.
"Over the last three years, we have put a strong foundation for the results we have now," Newark Mayor Cory Booker said at a press conference today, where he announced the strategy with Police Director Garry McCarthy and officials from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. "Now we are taking it to the next level."
Through these deeper investigations, detectives will be better able to figure out gun trafficking patterns and potentially stop the flow of weapons into the city, McCarthy said. They will also identify crime-prone areas in the city and people who have a history of weapons violence.McCarthy also added that the police department is forming a database with profiles on each gun confiscated. Backing up the investigators will be stiffer state penalties against people who use and illegally sell guns, Booker said
It's interesting that the Mayor and Police Chief feel it's a good strategy to "zero in on the gun." Doesn't that make sense? Isn't it smart to attempt to gather information on weapons seized in order to better understand where they come from and how to stop them?
What about the Newark Police "forming a database?" Isn't that a sad comment on the state of gun control vs. gun rights in America that a local police department has to create their own database of information? Shouldn't this kind of information be available nation-wide? What are lawful gun owners so afraid of that they would oppose such measures?
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