By Aaron Talley, BYP 100 Chicago
One would think that it goes without saying that we should meet the complex problems of violence in Chicago with equally complex solutions. One would think, or rather one should think, that reducing violence requires creative, expansive, and thoughtful solutions. However, time proves again and again that lawmakers choose to fix the complex problems facing Black and Brown communities in Chicago with hollow and rickety solutions. Accordingly, we challenge the latest in ill-conceived and dis-proven policy—SB1342–a law that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for weapons-related offenses. Or put another way, any person caught with an illegal firearm would automatically receive at least a mandatory 1-year sentencing and charged with a felony.