Will Durham Choose Control Over Common Sense?

Will Durham Choose Control Over Common Sense?

Facing a spike in violent crimes in his city, Durham, N.C., Mayor Steve Schewel (D) recently asked his state’s political leadership to enact more gun control. The thing is, what Schewel wants won’t reduce violent crime in Durham, but will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “Gun violence continues to plague Durham, which looks for help from within and outside,” reported WRAL.com. “So far this year, 823 shootings have been reported in Durham, a 42 percent jump from a year ago. The number of people wounded in those shootings has almost doubled, from 130 to 250, although the number killed has dropped slightly, from 29 to 24.” Schewel wants the North Carolina General Assembly “to enact more gun control legislation, such as universal background checks, a ‘red flag’ law to temporarily take firearms away from people deemed to pose a danger to themselves or others and allowing cities to prohibit carrying weapons in restaurants, bars and parks.” “As long as guns are available in [large] quantities and as long as they are easily available to anyone who wants a gun, we are not going to be able to end gun violence,” Schewel said. However, in a news conference where Durham officials discussed “gun violence,” Durham Chief of Police C.J. Davis noted that these shootings were mostly caused by drug gangs. Basically, rival gangs are fighting with illegal guns. “In these most-recent incidents, it cannot go unnoticed as well that the majority of […]

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