Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA

With multiple Democrats opposing it and an initial cloture vote falling short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to final passage, it sure looks like Manchin-Toomey, the Senate’s bipartisan compromise gun control legislation, is dead. That means the gun lobby won another round.

If you can’t beat ‘em, go around them. Here are a dozen policies that would cut assault and homicide rates — but that have nothing to do with guns. That said, while they won’t annoy the NRA, they often have their own set of powerful lobbies to confront.

1. Get the lead out.

This dude is just a huge jerk.  

A lot of theories have been posed for explaining the fall in crime rates, and in particular violent crime rates, since the 1990s. Did “broken windows” policing work? What about data-driven approaches like CompStat? Was it that legal abortion allowed unprepared mothers to delay parenthood, and spare their kids childhood environments that might encourage criminality later on? Or does the falling price of cocaine explain it?

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