“To invest in a program one year, and build it out, and expect a reduction in that year, is setting up the program for failure and setting up expectations for failure,” said Ari Davis, senior policy analyst at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a Washington gun-control advocacy organization.
Stopping gun violence today may mean intervening in disputes and settling arguments before they escalate. Preventing gun violence tomorrow, though, requires patience.
“It’s rooted more often than not in structural racism,” said Lauren Footman, the coalition’s director of outreach and equity. “And so it’s understanding that undoing a lot of that is going to take time.”