First, get the guns off the street
Regarding the Aug. 3 editorial “‘Nobody kill anybody’ ”:
As a retired sergeant with the Baltimore Police Department, I know that Baltimore is not “a melting pot of dysfunctions.” Yes, there is some dysfunction, and it’s manifested in the reality of who is doing the killing and who is dying in what the editorial board described as “a drumbeat of carnage.”
The reality is that most of the shooting victims and shooters were and are career criminals. It is not my intent to minimize the pain of the friends and relatives of the people who are killed, but homicides in Baltimore have to be put in perspective. The focus should be on the vector of these killings: guns.
To intimate that bad schools, a lack of jobs and a lack of escape for those who “gaze” upon affluent neighborhoods longingly are factors in the shootings is ludicrous. There are decent, hard-working people living in these neighborhoods who are victimized by a core of gun-carrying criminals.
The main problem is the ubiquity of firearms and people with lengthy criminal histories who use them without a care for the unintended victims of their violent behavior. Get the guns, then focus without distraction on the socioeconomic issues plaguing Baltimore. Jim Giza, Baltimore