Reducing the Murder Rate is as Much About Leadership and Accountability as it is About Gun Legislation

In his March 25, 2013 OP-ED column titled The Killing Chain, David Brooks writes, "Robert Maranto of the University of Arkansas points out, in New York police chiefs and precinct leaders are held accountable for changes in the murder rate in their areas. New York has seen an 80 percent drop in the homicide rate. Why aren’t police officials held similarly accountable in many other cities?"  Good question . . .well asked.

Reducing the rate of violent crime and its effects upon victims is certainly dependent upon such factors as universal background checks, magazine capacity and regulation of military-style weapons, Another key contributor often overlooked is the resolve on the part of our law enforcement leaders to "get 'er done." Certainly there are men and women of law enforcement who are up to the violent crime reduction task.  Community leaders and voters need to seek them out, hire them, set time lines and standards and support them to the fullest. If they succeed, reward them.  If they do not, replace them.  No excuses. . . just results.