A rash of current gun incidents is regarding – partially as a result of there isn’t any straightforward resolution to repair the issue.
Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Metropolis Council President Tony Dolce and Timothy Jackson, Jamestown police chief, introduced Monday a plan to rent three new law enforcement officials to kind a gun violence unit.
One incident concerned a 64-year-old man pointing a handgun at metropolis firefighters on East Second Road earlier than coming into the police station and exhibiting the weapon to an officer earlier than being taken into custody. Then a 17-year-old was charged after being discovered with a stolen AR-15 close to South Essential and Harrison streets moments after a person had been shot and killed close to East Sixth Road – although there isn’t any reported connection between the 2 incidents. A 16-year-old was charged following a site visitors cease Saturday within the space of Grant and East Seventh streets and was discovered with a loaded handgun after making an attempt to run away from police. And, a 21-year-old faces weapons possession expenses for the third time in 2022.
Jamestown continues to be, by and huge, a secure place to stay and during which to boost a household. However metropolis residents could be naive to suppose this rash of gun incidents isn’t a danger to metastacize like a most cancers. And it could be simply as naive to suppose that harsher gun legal guidelines can be a miracle treatment. Whereas some harder bail legal guidelines and judicial discretion in setting bail might assist, that, too, isn’t any panacea.
Jackson mentioned together with working with native police departments, town can be working with the FBI, which may permit town to bypass the state’s bail reform legal guidelines to make sure some who’re alleged to have dedicated gun crimes aren’t issued an look ticket for a future court docket date. Such work is indicative of the numerous small steps that can be wanted to quell the gun violence points within the metropolis.
The actual fact there isn’t any single trigger nor a single resolution doesn’t imply our neighborhood can simply throw its collective palms within the air. The implications of those gun-related incidents are actual for all and lethal for some. Jamestown continues to be a spot the place most gun crimes are focused incidents centered on the drug commerce — however a metropolis’s status as a haven for gunplay hurts property values and homeownership charges, two longstanding tendencies that solely the latest pandemic-fueled housing growth reversed.
We could also be uncertain of the total path ahead, however we all know it may’t embrace apathy amongst metropolis residents and their elected officers. What we’re doing regionally – and the way we’re making an attempt to affect new insurance policies on the state and federal ranges – have to be a daily matter of our public discourse.
This can be a downside we will’t ignore.