Crime Lab To combat gun violence, the US must overhaul its social safety net

CNN / February 16, 2023
By Jens Ludwig & Chico Tillmon

Gun violence, at its highest level in the US since the early 1990s, has become one of the top concerns for many American voters. As a result, the country has debated reforms to policing, bail, sentencing and other aspects of our criminal justice system. But we’ve been ignoring an even more fundamental challenge: the gaping holes in our nation’s social safety net for the group at greatest risk of gun violence — young men.

If members of Congress truly want to address gun crime, they shouldn’t demand to cut spending and reduce the safety net, they should expand it.

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16 February 2023