To the Editor: Dr Sherman extrapolated from
the finding of Dr Villaveces and colleagues2
that banning the carrying of firearms reduced homicide rates in 2 Colombian
cities to the conclusion that a similar policy should be instituted in the
United States. Villaveces et al2 noted that
indiscriminate banning of firearm carrying, enforced with intrusive police
measures such as checkpoints and search and seizures during traffic stops,
may not have a similar effect in cities where homicides are less common. Furthermore,
constitutional restrictions on police search procedures would prevent transferring
the methods used in Cali and Bogotá to any city in the United States.
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