Joseph McNamara, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former police chief of San Jose, explains his positions on gun control in the Stanford Magazine article “What’s to Be Done after Newtown?”(March/April 2013 issue). In the article, he discusses gun control’s impact on crime and violence, assault weapons, gun modifications, the trouble with buyback programs, and possible new federal gun-control legislation. McNamara's career in law enforcement spans a thirty-five-year period, beginning as a beat cop in Harlem for the New York City Police Department. He continued his career in Kansas City, Missouri, where he became police chief, until 1976, when he was appointed police chief for the city of San Jose, where he remained until his retirement in 1991.
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