Like so many left of center crime articles, it simply cannot come to grips with reality. Murder in the inner city, one of the only remaining places where murders occur in significant numbers, is driven by the illegal drug trade. The rest of America is safer than America was during the early years of the Andy Griffith Show. This is because Americas shockingly high inner city drug crime, including murder, inflates these statistics.
There is no real doubt that approximately 60-70% of violent crimes including murder occur because the drug market is illegal, and participants cannot resort to police protection when disputes arise. The result is drug dealers who need to have a constant drug inventory, and money inventory, but self protect, by creating their own armed enforcement groups. These groups in order to reduce threats are extremely violent.
All of this could be eliminated by the legalization of the drug commodities. Just as the legalization of alcohol removed nearly all of the violent alcohol related crime, so would drug legalization eliminate nearly all of the drug related violent crime.
But because this mainly happens to blacks, and brown, and is tightly limited to specific areas of our cities, the powerful do not much care. In addition, a huge number of people in the middle class owe their jobs to drug prohibition. These people are much more powerful in lobbying the government for continuation of drug prohibition then the victims of drug violence, and others are in lobbying for an end to drug prohibition.
The fact that this author does not discuss this issue at all is perplexing. These crimes are not per se gun related crimes, the gun is simple the most useful tool in achieving the needs of the participants. As such, they are used. Once this is not the case, there will be a lag period during which crimes in these areas will decline. Many of these criminals will only be cured by permanent imprisonment, since they have become dangerous sociopaths. But within a relatively short period of time all of this will resolve.
The left has become fixated on the gun. The problems, however, are unfixable through anti gun laws, the problems will require very different solutions. Starting with drug legalization, and then moving into regulation elimination, including racist laws like the minimum wage law, and most of the employment regulations which highly limit the ability of companies to hire the poor, especially in our inner cities. The complete reformation of our corrupt public education system, and the destructive inner city schools were we warehouse the poor. And on to our disastrous welfare system which traps too many with payment cliffs, and fails to properly ready recipients for work.
Progressives have imposed this disastrous system, we need to shake off the shackles, and begin reforms now.