I don't agree much with Illinois Governor, Patrick Quinn. However, his offering up of the use of the National Guard to help to police the very dangerous streets of Chicago is one I think may be a good idea. Whether or not Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel will take the Governor up on his offer is another question.
The fact is that I don't necessarily like the idea of any place in America becoming a police state of sorts, I do think that more needs to be done in very high crime areas such as Chicago, and even in my own city of Milwaukee in Wisconsin where gun crime is especially on the rise.
That being said, I also believe that more policing resources could be used, at least in the short term, to help put more boots on the ground, so to speak.
For example, perhaps the Sheriff's office could redirect some its efforts to the heaviest areas of the city where crimes are occurring. Perhaps as well, state troopers and other highway patrols could redirect their efforts to helping to fight crime rather than policing the nation's highways for speeders.
What really needs to occur, I think, is a discussion about what the root causes of higher crime happens to be, and looking for ways to combat it. An ounce of prevention, after all, is worth a pound of cure. There is a reason these crimes are happening at alarming rates. More policing is a short term remedy. Hitting at the heart of the problem is the long term solution.
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