Seven of every 10 U.S. cities are increasing funding for police and public safety, according to the National League of Cities. This represents a reversal from recent years in which the economic recession took a toll on police budgets and federal funding for local police forces dropped dramatically.
For example, federal funding for community-oriented policing dropped by 73 percent over the past four years, and Justice Department grants for law enforcement dropped by $880 million, or 42 percent. In part as a result, the number of police nationwide declined by 14 percent between 2009 and 2013.
Now many cities are hiring again. For the first time in 20 years, New York is adding some 1,300 police officers to its 35,000-member force. San Francisco’s police force is growing by 400 officers.
As Night Follows Day, “Clinton” Means Gun Control
Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for 2016, and gun owners should be rightly wary. Not because she’s likely to display any actual “common sense” on gun issues—though she is certain to utter those precise words repeatedly—but because the camouflaging of what she really wants has already started. It will be complete and very deceptive by the time the general election rolls around.
Witness recent comments in Iowa “about the uncontrollable use of guns in our country,” and “want[ing] to see real, serious debate and action on guns.”
The only thing “uncontrollable” is anti-gunners’ tolerance for serial felons who resort to (often idiotic, random) violence as a lifestyle choice. And the only “serious debate” is about what inconsequential smidgeon of the right will remain after stripping the Second Amendment bare. If this sounds worrisome, rest assured that any “action on guns” would be even worse if Hillary wins.
Father Pfleger And The Blame-Someone-Else Crowd
An activist anti-gun Chicago priest, apparently angry that the city’s restrictive gun laws are being ignored to the tune of 80 shootings just last weekend, is lashing out at neighboring suburbs instead of the violent criminals committing the acts.
Rev. Michael Pfleger filed a lawsuit alleging that officials in Riverdale, Lincolnwood and Lyons allow gun shops in their jurisdiction to sell handguns in a manner that disproportionately jeopardizes the lives of African-Americans. Of course, the gun shops in all three suburbs are already required to follow all federal regulations pertaining to the sale of firearms.
While Pfleger said in announcing the suit that he is “tired of seeing the bloodbath taking place in our city’s streets,” if he were really tired of the violence he’d try putting the blame where it belongs—not on law-abiding gun shops, but on the criminals shooting up the streets of the Windy City.
News Flash: Seven-Time Felon Breaks The Law—Again
An illegal immigrant, whose rap sheet included seven felony convictions and five deportations, decided to shoot at some sea lions off a San Francisco pier. Using a gun stolen from a federal agent’s car, he began firing—ultimately striking and killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
Afterwards, media outlets wondered how Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was able to get his hands on a firearm in the gun-control utopia of the left coast. They asked the question as wide-eyed innocents—seemingly unable to comprehend that a felon with a disregard for immigration laws, drug laws and homicide laws would have a similar disdain for gun laws. A simple reminder for those mired in the anti-gun fog: Laws only affect the law-abiding.
The real question reporters should be asking is, “Why was Sanchez roaming free in the first place?” That’s one answer the family of Kathryn Steinle would dearly love to hear.
Feinblatt: Stop Worrying About Where Your Tax Dollars Go
An op-ed published in Roll Call earlier this week bitterly decries politicians who use budgetary measures as platforms for what the author calls “bad gun policies.” The implication, common among anti-gun activists, is that provisions prohibiting spending on gun control programs and biased research—such as that formerly conducted by the CDC—is somehow cheating. Why not legislate against such causes directly instead of sneaking riders into budgetary appropriations, they ask.
This narrative is entirely off base. It suggests that Americans should place blind trust in government to properly allocate their tax dollars: Who cares if they’re funding programs that have been proven to be ineffective, or even outright harmful? In reality, everyone ought to be paying attention to the initiatives funded by federal taxes. That includes this author, listed simply as John Feinblatt—his byline neglects to mention that, as president of Everytown, he may have some skin in the game.
Attempted Gun Store Burglary Ends About How You’d Expect
A tall, double-padlocked iron gate surrounds Class 3 Weapons in Houston, and concrete pillars encircle the store where a neighbor says a smash-and-grab attempt occurred just a few weeks ago. But unfortunately for the gun store’s owner, 52-year-old NFA dealer John Kleiber, none of this proved a deterrent when three burglars decided to break in Tuesday morning.
Kleiber, who started spending the night at his shop after several recent burglary attempts, was awakened around 2:30 a.m. by a commotion coming from outside. He grabbed his shotgun and rushed to the front door, where he found the suspects attempting to secure entry. Kleiber opened fire, hitting a 23-year-old male, who later succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital. It’s unclear whether the other two were injured, as they fled on foot and remain at large. While the investigation is ongoing, police say Kleiber has not been charged.