Thursday 23 February 2017

Better policy is the answer, not bigger guns

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

The body of Eddie Hutch Snr is removed from a property in Poplar Row, Dublin, this week. Photo: PA
The body of Eddie Hutch Snr is removed from a property in Poplar Row, Dublin, this week. Photo: PA

If saturation policing was the key to dealing with violence, the combined muscle of the RUC, the British army and the UDR would have ended the Troubles in no time. It didn't. If building more jails was the answer, then the prison-heavy United States would have low crime rates. It doesn't.

There are solutions to gang warfare, but they don't hinge on giving bigger guns to the gardaí. Guns don't put a stop to violence, even when they are in the hands of the law - further darkness can never drive out darkness.

It is important to realise this because a challenge has emerged to law and order from two tooled-up Dublin gangs engaged in internecine conflict.

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