Our take: The debate over gun control rages on. In the drive to find solutions, wouldn't it be nice if there were time-tested solutions that might actually cure gun violence that policy makers could learn from? In a column for The Wall Street Journal, David Feith provides a lens into some of these real-world solutions by highlighting the work of William Bratton, the once New York police commissioner, who was New York's top cop when crime rates dropped by unprecedented numbers from 1994-1996.

The last time America had a gun-control debate was the early 1990s, and it was followed by the great two-decade-long decline in American crime. The irony is that gun control had very little to do with that decline.

William Bratton did. Serving as New York City's top cop for 27 months from 1994 to 1996, he helped turn around a violent, crime-ridden city with policies that later were adopted nationwide and across the globe. The 65-year-old now runs a consulting business and a tech firm that focus on law enforcement, and in a recent chat he puts the gun debate in the context of policies that really have made America safer.