This was a very interesting 30 minute interview on Fresh Air the other day. Its about inner city violence and touches on the subject of gun control. Well worth a listen.
“There’s a profit and a loss side on the public safety balance sheet,” he says. “And what we see in many places is that while you can bring crime down by occupying the neighborhood and stopping everybody, what you do in the process is lose that neighborhood. … You fuel the idea that the police are an occupying, inimical force in the neighborhood. You play into these real and toxic racial memories about what came before civil rights. And you can make it work in many places, but you can’t stop. You can’t ever say, ‘We’ve won. Things are good. Things are stable,’ because you have driven them into hiding.”