There's another piece of the puzzle that fits, too. Give Birmingham's Gun Court credit for helping lower the numbers of gun crimes and gun seizures. As News staff writer Carol Robinson reported in the Sunday edition, police report 14 percent fewer gun seizures in 2009 and a 10.5 percent reduction so far this year, and they're pointing to Gun Court as a reason.
Let's hope the program continues to be as successful as it appears after its first 19 months in operation.
So far, police have destroyed 130 weapons since gun court started in February 2009. Of the 240 people who have started or completed Gun Court, only two people in the program have been accused of another crime.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Less Guns, Less Crime