A dangerous year

A dangerous year

2020 has been a dangerous year in Toledo — too dangerous. The coronavirus pandemic, of course, accounts for some of that danger. In Toledo, as in cities around Ohio and the country, gun violence is also making the city dangerous. Among the most heartbreaking cases has been that of 14-year-old Tayshaun Smith-Davis , whose body was discovered by police in a central city alley Monday. He was the youngest victim of gun violence in Toledo this year and one of half a dozen youths killed by guns. But he wasn’t even the only youngster in his family to die this year. His 15-year-old cousin also was shot and killed in August. Toledo has recorded 47 homicides so far this year and countless more shootings and other violent crimes — all while also trying to manage the crisis created by the pandemic. Short of sensible social distancing and mask-wearing measures, there is not much we can do about the threat of the coronavirus until a vaccine arrives. But there is something we can do about the gun violence. Sensible solutions that can make a real impact on the number of guns on the streets have been waiting for action in the General Assembly for more than a year. Gov. Mike DeWine proposed his “STRONG Ohio” package of bills in the wake of last year’s mass shooting in Dayton. The bills would boost penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns as well as increase and improve background checks for people […]

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