By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
New Haven —U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a high-profile roll out today to an antigun violence strategy that targets hundreds of young minority men deemed most likely to kill or be killed in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven.
In an era of tight resources and a political unwillingness to squeeze the supply of guns, “Project Longevity” is an ambitious, if politically easy new take on an old strategy: Focus existing social-services and law-enforcement resources on those most at risk.
The basics are simple: identify a pool of young men involved in gangs and street violence, then confront them with the threat of sustained police attention and the promise of help to find a trade and a job. It requires no new spending or laws.
“Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would harm their fellow citizens: that such acts will not be tolerated, that they will be swiftly met with clear, predictable consequences, and that help is available for all those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity,” Holder said.
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Though this article is old news by 24 hours, the futility of this ridiculous approach to curtaling gang bangers in the inner city really needs to be highliighted.
What right minded gang member who is very happy getting his family, his macho creds and his $5,000 a week drug money is going to give that up for an emasculating, greasy, minimum wage job flipping burgers.
What a prank Holder and Malloy are playing on civilized sociality!
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