Republicans and Democrats share the same goal — to end violence in our communities. Every life lost is a tragedy.

Where we differ is on the methods we should employ to reach that goal. Democrats want to use the ‘obvious, easy, and wrong’ approach — ban guns.

Republicans know that the issues surrounding violence are far more complex. Other states and cities have dealt with shooting problems, and there’s a great deal of research that supports it.

Operation Ceasefire in Boston was implemented during a particularly violent time in the city’s history. Gang violence and random shootings seemed to be the rule rather than the exception.

The program isn’t simple: It involves community engagement, law enforcement cooperation, cross-jurisdictional communication, and a willingness to work as a team. At the most basic level, the program used “levers” to send a message to those who would commit violence.

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