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April 6, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Why increasing police presence won’t lead to less gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | As new laws meant to address gun violence in the US are being proposed and passed, such as increasing police presence in schools, some argue that lawmakers and others have not considered the potential impact on people of color, especially since police officers have shot and killed Black individuals, and continue to, with virtually no consequences. (Atlantic, 4/6)

The guiding principles of American gun-control advocacy are that there are simply too many guns, that those guns are too capable of mass carnage, and that if fewer people—especially people who exhibit a proclivity to use them for violence—had those guns would likely make everyone safer. This is undeniably so in some black and brown neighborhoods, where homicides have spiked or remained elevated, bucking national long-term trends.

But many of those with little direct experience of such neighborhoods fail to understand how the ubiquity of guns everywhere becomes a rationale for police to employ lethal force in some places, and why a turn towards confiscation will inevitably lead to a cascade of more people killed the way Stephon Clark was. Advocates also generally fail to grapple with their role in empowering heavily armed citizens with a proclivity to use those arms—on themselves, against intimate partners, and against black and brown persons—to go on patrol.

DEVELOPMENT | The Montgomery County Planning Board has created an interactive tool to help residents and others track development in Bethesda, MD. (Urban Turf, 4/2)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Virgina schools will now include education on how to recognize and prevent child abuse in its family life education curriculum. (InsideNOVA, 4/5)

GIVINGCorporate Giving Is Tax-Exempt Lobbying, Report Suggests (PND Blog, 4/6)

ENVIRONMENT | A survey conducted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies found that mayors and city managers view climate change as one of their biggest concerns. (Citylab, 4/5)

RACISMHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today. (Slate, 4/2)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill to create a  reinsurance program for Maryland’s health insurance marketplace, which will stop healthcare premiums from spiking. (WAMU, 4/6)


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