By Roma Blackham, Marketing —
In light of recent mass shootings, the debate over gun control has predictably garnered more fuel. Many are calling for tougher gun laws, blaming these shootings on easy access to guns. Others are defending current gun laws, saying that they are tough enough as they are. Regardless of who is right, both arguments become moot when the officers who are supposed to uphold the current laws fail to do so.
Because of long and intensive background checks and screenings, it can take up to a year for handgun applications to be approved. These exhaustive screenings are intended to disqualify applicants who have a history of mental illness, domestic violence, etc. Unfortunately, due to corruption within the New York Police Department (NYPD), some have found a way around these screenings.
Evidence of Corruption
In a New York investigation, police discovered that some officers have been accepting bribes in exchange for bypassing the typical screening for handgun applications. After accepting up to $6,000 per weapon, these officers illegally approved over 150 applicants in two months or less. Consequently, among those approved are people with histories of domestic abuse, death threats, and criminal records.
Unfortunately, this is only one bribery scheme in a larger corruption case. Also recently, two high-ranking NYPD commanders took $100,000 in bribes in exchange for police escorts, fixing tickets, and other such favors.
Corruption, once it has had a chance to root itself into society, can be hard to get rid of. In the NYPD, corruption seems to have seeded itself very deep within the organization and the subsequent case is still ongoing. If this kind of corruption had been detected earlier, a lot of time and grief could have been spared. To prevent future corruption, outside and impartial help may be needed. EyeDetect tests are impartial and incorruptible, using a cloud server to upload the results of the tests. These tests could be used for periodic testing for officers to detect corruption early, before it becomes hard to weed out.