One man in DC understands the situation. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee has this radical idea on getting violent crime, at least, back under control:
What we got to do, if we really want to see homicides go down, is keep bad guys with guns in jail. Because when they’re in jail, they can’t be in communities shooting people.
Sadly, that’s a concept that’s too complex for the wonders of the DC City Council, who passed—and overrode the Mayor’s veto to do so—an ordinance that
reduce[s] maximum penalties for violent crimes such as burglaries, robberies, and carjackings, along with abolishing minimum sentences for most crimes.
Contee illustrated the depth of the problem:
Right now, the average homicide suspect has been arrested eleven times prior to them committing a homicide[.]
Sadly, he’s only one in DC governance, though, for whom the simple solution isn’t too complex to understand.