Do you know where your guns are located? If not, don’t worry! The police have offered to search your home in order to help you find them.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin Public Radio published a story about a police initiative in Beloit, Wisconsin, to reduce gun violence. The police department has offered to search a resident’s home — for free — to see if their home contains any guns that they, the home owner, may not know about.
No, this story isn’t from April, and this is not a joke.
Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs actually thinks this is a good idea. His hope is that some residents will volunteer to have their homes searched and that guns related to crimes will be found. He also likened gun violence to Ebola.
From the story:
Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn’t expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city’s immune system.
“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers,”
Yes, you read that correctly. He compared “gun violence” to Ebola.