A police boss in Wisconsin expects residents to allow gun searches by police without a court issued warrant.
Police Chief Norm Jacobs of Beloit believes the searches will turn up firearms residents didn’t know they had and guns linked to crimes.
“Maybe we’ll find a toy gun that’s been altered by a youngster in the house — and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”
He said gun violence is like Ebola and a “home inspection” is like a vaccine to build up the city’s immune system.
“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers,” he told Wisconsin Public Radio.
Although Jacobs characterizes gun violence as an epidemic, statistics show a different picture.
According to a Justice Department report, firearm homicides have decreased significantly since 1993.
“Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades,” notes Pew Research.