Saving US cities Somalia-style

Now that the military in Somalia has recognized that its mission cannot be achieved without also some effort to disarm the marauders in Mogadishu and other areas, I would like to offer a suggestion. Couldn't troops also disarm the residents of public housing projects in Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago? Hundreds of lives could be saved in this way, and the residents of these projects would be just as grateful as the citizens of Somalia. There is no issue of the right to bear arms; it is a matt er of urban marauders using illegally acquired arms to terrorize thousands of innocent citizens - just as in Somalia. John W. Chuckman, Manotick, Ontario

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