Wisconsin Police Ask Residents to Volunteer for Gun Searches in Homes

| by Michael Allen

Police in Beloit, Wisconsin, are asking residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for guns.

"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,” Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs told Wisconsin Public Radio.

According to, Chief Jacobs is hoping some of the guns found will be linked to crimes and the searches will raise gun violence awareness.

“That's really what we're looking for,” added Chief Jacobs. “Maybe we'll find a toy gun that's been altered by a youngster in the house, and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”

There have been seven gun murders in the small town this year. Four of the shooting victims were in their teens or 20s.

Melisha Holloway, whose 20-year-old son Raymond was killed in April, told Wisconsin Public Radio, “Pretty much all those kids and young men just need to be is educated. You have a lot of them that barely read at a fifth-grade level yet they're 25 year-old-men. But they know how to work a gun. There's something wrong with that picture."

Sources: Wisconsin Public Radio,
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