Posts Tagged ‘Guns’

Why I am getting a gun

December 4, 2009

I usually don’t write about crime. In fact, I’ve always found it somewhat ironic that the Cap Times, “Your Progressive Voice,” has an entire section dedicated to “Law and Order” on its website.

However, there are some crimes that are so low and so sickening; so base and so deserving of damnation; so utterly perverse; they demand publicity.

Some sadistic degenerate has stolen the cue balls from the Memorial Union pool room.

After all tragedies we ask the same question. Why? Why would somebody do such a thing? Why would a person intentionally harm others and violate such a beautiful display of communal trust? Was he/she watching as I naïvely deposited a dollar into the machine (after getting a dollar in change at the front desk), racked the balls and then went to reach for the cue ball? Did the expression of puzzlement on my face give him/her pleasure?

Let me make myself very clear. I support random searches of citizens with round bulges in their pockets.

Gunning up for Socialism

November 23, 2009

Every red-blooded American knows why handguns are practically illegal in Europe. Unlike America, which is governed by the sweat, blood and tears of its own people, European nations are controlled by a tyrannical socialist (masonic) elite who stays in power only because its oppressed citizens are prohibited from bearing arms. It’s good to know this will never be the case in the USA:

Meanwhile, in Madison background checks for handguns are running nearly 36 percent above last year, suggesting a big increase in gun sales.

People on both sides of the gun control debate agree on this: People have been stocking up on guns and ammunition since President Barack Obama took office early this year.

“This is definitely a nationwide trend,” said Alexa Fritts, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association. “We believe the increase in gun sales and the ammunition shortage is a direct result of our current administration.”

Mayor Dave’s plan to get guns off kids

June 26, 2009

In an interesting legal maneuver, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is going to try and forgo search warrants for juveniles suspected of having guns. How? By asking the ‘rents.

Utilizing parental consent to a search instead of a search warrant approved by a judge is a way to move quickly — before the guns can do damage — when police are tipped off to the location of a weapon in the hands of a juvenile.

Michael Scott was a St. Louis Police Department administrator in 1993 when the department adopted a similar program. As part of the deal with parents, when guns were found, there was no prosecution, except in extreme cases where the guns had already been used in serious crimes, Scott said.

“It makes getting guns out of the hands of kids the highest priority, an even higher priority than prosecution,” Scott said.
Wray has said that the community must break through a “no-snitch” culture made up of people who won’t report wrongdoers to police.

It’s hard, rather, practically impossible, to judge the effectiveness of a proposal like this. To get a grip on the policy you have to  analyze the incentives for all the actors in the situation.

We’ll start with the police. Theoretically, the introduction of this plan suggests there is a group of cops who are keeping up with “gang politics,” per se. They are tuned into teen rivalries, they analyze youth arrests and try to figure out who is at risk to commit a crime with a firearm. If the operation is that sophisticated, and I am not confident that it is, then there might be a fair number of circumstances in which cops could take advantage of this new policy and keep extra tabs on teens who are suspected of keeping guns. The idea is likely that if a teen is a participant in gang activity, or associates with gangs, the cops could go to that kid’s house and simply ask his parents if they could make sure he doesn’t have a gun. Already you can see how the policy could be abused and some neighborhoods could start to feel the pinch of a police state.

The next actors are the parents. The plan might appeal to them because it means their kids will not be prosecuted if they co-operate. That is they key in the matter. “Probable cause” is an important tenant of the American justice system, and it’s importance is recognized by this policy because the police are admitting that they don’t have it (no search warrant) and agreeing that they are not going to prosecute the juvenile if any contraband is found during the “public safety” search because they did not have probable cause to search in the first place. The policy allows parents to consider the safety of their child and their community in earnest, without getting this issue mixed up with fears of legal repercussions.

Finally the kids. It all depends on how much this new policy will actually increase searches. Will the number go up exponentially in the next few years? Will it be a sort of blanket proposal, that will operate like a huge fire alarm, in which cops go to the houses of kids who are not even suspected of having guns? Will it embitter kids against their parents and the police or will it scare kids into good students? Very rarely will the latter take place, unless the kids are young – early high school or middle school.

It’s hard to make judgement on this policy until I get more background. What cases in which a search warrant is not granted would this option be implemented?

Gun nuts take advantage of recent killings

June 23, 2009

Thank God we don’t live in an area where this type of perverse logic picks up steam:

Candice Dainty, statewide organizer for the national group Second Amendment Sisters, is outspoken in her belief that guns — carried in the open or concealed — should be allowed anywhere: schools, public buildings, hospitals.

With two area murders in the past two weeks, two officers shot, and a popular candy store owner killed in Milwaukee — all by gunfire — it might seem to be an odd time to try to get more guns on the street. But gun advocates say this is the perfect time to build momentum for a movement that is already gaining traction.

Earlier this year, she tried to organize a rally to take place on June 16 on the grounds of the State Capitol. She scrubbed the plan, ironically, because she was afraid of who might show up with a gun.

“In every whole group, you’re going to have a nut case or two,” she says. “And my rally drew out the nut cases.”

Really? So supporting concealed weapons is great until, well, people are actually allowed to carry them.