When someone is bleeding out on a gurney, writes Thomas Abt, the doctor doesn’t try to get him a job or housing. The first step is just to stop the bleeding.
And with thousands of young men bleeding out on gurneys across America’s inner cities each year thanks to violence in the streets, Abt counsels the same approach for policymakers: Focus on the violence itself, separately from our endless political bickering over tangentially related topics. Carefully study each city to find the specific people and places most susceptible to violence, and target them intensively with proven interventions.
The immediate actions Abt counsels …
This article appears as “Murder in the City” in the July 29, 2019, print edition of National Review.