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Stop and Frisk: Do we need it?

By Ilija Sekulovski

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We recently received this submission from resident Frances Luhmann – on her thoughts about New York City’s Stop and Frisk policy, and it got us thinking!

“Absence of Stop, QUESTION, and Frisk means we are a lax city where criminals,  gangs, terrorists, and disturbed people can come and bring their weapons with impunity.

Contrary to the NYCLU, I believe the principal reason for stop-and-frisk was not to recover guns. Rather, it was designed to keep guns off the streets. With the threat of stop-and-frisk, if you own a gun and don’t want to get caught with it, you are far less likely to carry it. The true measure of the effect of stop-and-frisk is not the number of guns recovered, but the number of shootings.

Absence of Stop, QUESTION, and Frisk means we are a lax city where criminals,  gangs, terrorists, and disturbed people can come and bring their weapons with impunity.”

What do you, as a resident of Astoria, think? Do we need a Stop and Frisk policy? Can we benefit from it – or would it do more harm than good?

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