With violent crime surging in Chicago, the police department is taking radical new measures to get more cops out on the street. The latest move has involved determining whether administrative positions filled by trained officers could be effectively discharged by civilians; if so, the police were reassigned. According to 89 WLS, 319 officers are now headed away from their desks and out onto the streets. The process will involve hiring replacements for their positions, so the shift may not be complete until next year.
Police departments in major cities around the country are confronting the need for new measures to combat a spike in crime rates. This phenomenon seems tied to widespread criticism of police and their resulting reluctance to take on criminals proactively. Criminals know that they are currently less likely to get in trouble—and in cities like Chicago, they know that restrictive gun laws hamper the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.
Guns Up, Suicides Down
While suicides are unspeakable tragedies to victims, families, friends, acquaintances and society in general, a recent Breitbart report explains why blaming America’s high suicide rate on what gun-banners call “easy access to firearms” just doesn’t compute.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering the years 1981 through 2013 show that “the firearm suicide rate (the number of suicides per 100,000 population) decreased 5 percent” over the very same period that U.S. citizens purchased nearly 200 million firearms.
As Breitbart reports, this fact is very important since firearm-related suicide is actually the category that drives gun violence numbers used by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the various gun-control groups funded by billionaire gun-banner Michael Bloomberg.
Justin Bieber: I’d Fix America’s Gun Laws
Pop singer Justin Bieber has now officially weighed in on guns. And apparently it’s a pressing concern for him, as his first act as president would be to “fix” some of America’s gun laws. The example he would emulate: Canada, his home country.
“In Canada, we don’t really have any guns and there’s no gun violence, so that really solves it,” sums up Bieber. “I mean, they think that it’s for protection and stuff, but it always ends up in some bozo’s hand.”
We think the word he’s looking for here is “criminal,” not “bozo.” Criminals are the one common denominator, as they will always be armed regardless of the laws. But the 21-year-old musician, who’s had no shortage of run-ins with the law, joins every other privileged elitist who believes that guns are fine for him and his protection team, but not for law-abiding citizens like you and me.
Law Professor Challenges University’s Gun Ban
A University of Missouri professor has filed a lawsuit challenging the campus’ policy prohibiting the possession of firearms on university property except in regularly approved programs or by university agents or employees in the line of duty.
The lawsuit, filed by Royce de R. Barondes, claims the university’s policy is unconstitutional under a 2014 strengthening of its state “second-amendment” provision which provides for so-called “strict scrutiny” of gun restrictions, the strongest level of protection.
Professor Barondes is a concealed-carry permit holder in the state of Missouri. He also teaches a course on firearms law and has received extensive training on the safe handling and tactics of lawfully using a handgun. “The university’s rule is so obviously in violation of our state’s constitution, we see this case as being the best vehicle to protect one of our nation’s very first freedoms—our freedom to self-defense,” said his attorney, Jennifer Bukowsky.
Washington Post Ignores Obama Nominee’s Position In D.C. Ruling
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down several provisions of D.C.’s restrictive gun law, including the one-gun-a-month rule and the requirement that gun owners reregister their firearms every three years. When the Washington Post covered the story, they played up the idea of a “divided” panel, with dissent coming from a judge appointed by President George H.W. Bush.
Although the implication here was that the ruling was such that even a relatively conservative judge opposed it, the article initially failed to note that one of the supporting judges was Patricia Ann Millett, an Obama appointee who clerked in the liberal 9th Circuit and hasn’t looked much like a Second Amendment supporter so far. (The updated article now acknowledges that fact.) It doesn’t appear that this story fits the paper’s standard narrative of gun rights appealing only to the hard right.
Retired NYPD Lieutenant Stops Grocery Store Robbery
At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, two armed suspects entered Washington Sea Food grocery store in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. Unfortunately for them, however, a retired NYPD lieutenant was working as a security guard for the store at the time.
When the suspects spotted the officer, one turned his gun on him, prompting the officer to fire two shots at the suspects in self-defense. The two fled the scene empty handed, and according to police are still at large. No one was injured during the incident.