Mayor Mitch Landrieu has recently launched several new initiatives aimed at reducing violent crime in New Orleans, but will they make a difference? Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos is holding out hope they will in this week's commentary.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Nobody needs to be reminded that New Orleans has a severe violent crime problem. Our murder rate is 10 times the national average not just right now, but for the past few years.

The question is, what can be done about it?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has already launched several initiatives from his Saving Our Sons program in September to last week's violent crime summit.

This much we know: Meetings by public officials do not put a dent in crime.

But bringing together key elements of the community is a step in the right direction, at least in terms of getting people focused. The mayor wants to copy successful programs in other cities, like Milwaukee, where the murder rate fell about 40 percent in recent years.

Heck, New York had more than 2,200 murders in 1990. So far this year, the Big Apple has had just over 200 homicides. And New York, of course, is much bigger than New Orleans.

While New Orleans' murder rate seems impossible to bring down, the successes of other cities should tell us that there is hope. It takes time, concentrated effort, the right resources, and lots of patience.

In this, the season of joy and hope, let us not give up hope.


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