The Law: How to Heal a Violent Society

The city will be composed of highrise, high-security apartment houses and prospering commercial areas, surrounded by squalor. In the suburbs, behind window grilles and electronic surveillance equipment, the nervous homeowner will always keep his gun handy.

AFTER more than a year of study, the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence saw that grim picture of future life in urban America. The vision gave added urgency to the work of the commission's 13 members, who delved into every aspect of their subject from violence on television to gun control and assassinations. Last...

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