On Monday, Breitbart News reported that Beloit, Wisconsin, police chief Norm Jacobs asked city residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for guns — part of an effort to make them aware of gun violence. On Tuesday, the Beloit police department announced that social media had run wild with the news and the offer had been retracted.
When Jacobs announced the program he made clear his conviction that gun violence should be handled in a manner similar to the way healthcare providers handle the outbreak of viruses. He claimed that education could end gun violence, and believed police discovery of firearms in homes was a way to educate homeowners on the threats posed by guns.
According to the Examiner, Beloit City Manager Larry N. Arft announced the end of Jacobs’ program with the following statement:
While the program was strictly voluntary and required a signed release before police could enter a residence, numerous individuals have expressed concerns about the fact that people’s homes would be inspected or searched as part of the process.
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