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November 30, 2006

Article assailing "anti-crime" zones

A terrifically helpful reader pointed me to this Reason Online article entitled "One Ring to Ruin Them All: Anti-Crime Zones Hurts Innocents Instead of Protecting Them."  Here are snippets:

A Jersey City ordinance that takes effect on December 11 bars sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, day care center, park, playground, sports facility, library, theater, or convenience store. These zones cover the entire city.  As a result of the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, you can't legally transport a firearm in Phoenix unless you have a carry permit or keep it locked and unloaded.  In New Haven the only substantial piece of land not covered by a drug-free zone is the Yale University golf course.

Across the country, politicians are eager to draw magical circles of protection they claim will banish evil and keep children safe. It's an easy, cheap way of opposing what everyone opposes and supporting what everyone supports. But the resulting crazy quilt of drug-free, gun-free, and molester-free zones is ineffective, sometimes counterproductive, and frequently unjust....

It's doubtful that zoning laws like these have ever or will ever protect a single child from drug addiction, gun violence, or sexual assault. But they do give children a valuable lesson in the hazards of political grandstanding.

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