Voices from the Edge on 11/18/10
Mayor Adam's gun crackdown: problem-solving or political grandstanding?
Mayor Adams believes Portland's gang violence problem is due to the city being "swamped by illegal guns." He's proposing a gun control ordinance that would impose new penalties on gun owners who fail to report their guns stolen, create exclusion zones for gun law violators, set curfews for underage violators, and require mandatory minimum 30-day sentences for gun violators carrying loaded weapons in public. The mayor says this is the first serious effort to control illegal guns in decades. Others say the proposal is political theater that doesn't address the underlying problems of gang violence.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave take a closer look at the mayor's proposal. They'll be joined by gang outreach specialist David Miller, a campus monitor at Benson High School, scene of an Oct. 21 gang shooting. Is the mayor missing the mark? What should the city be doing to reduce gang violence?
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