Recent comments on gun control by Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn highlight, for me, a problem with law enforcement in this country. Too often, law enforcement leaders confuse all citizens with criminals, and see themselves as “kings” of their jurisdiction instead of employees of the people.
In 2009, when Wisconsin’s Attorney General issued his advisory memo on open carry, it created little discussion within my department. That is because we already knew it was legal and protected by the Constitution. Chief Flynn’s position quoted from JSOnline was, “my message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it.” Sounds like a man who makes no distinction between law abiding citizens and criminals. That is one example, but I believe other law enforcement leaders operate under the “end justifies the means” policing model, Constitution be damned. Continue reading →
“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory, and might I add, nor the bullet for its swift precision. I love only that which they defend.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Aside from the Constitutional realities of limiting the second amendment, it’s puzzling that mayors and governors demand federal action for things that are reasonably their responsibility to begin with. Public safety, education, public works are local issues, yet every time something bad happens, leaders seek help from D.C. It’s an addiction. The alleged “gun problem” we have is only the latest vehicle of surrender. Continue reading →
As a father of 3 boys all under the age of 10 I truly do get it. I totally understand the initial desire of blaming the tool and not the tool’s handler. When I went to my oldest son’s school to pick him up I sat in my car waiting and looking at all the other parents waiting to pick up their most precious cargo as well and for a second I thought of a America free of guns and of gun violence. For me the moment was fast-fleeting and I immediately came back to reality. The reality is the bad guys have always and will always find a way to pull off their mischievous deeds. America does not need gun control, it need more guns in the hands of the right citizens.
The talking heads on the cable networks have been in non stop “gun control” mode since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary. Even some conservative members of the House and Senate have opened the door to the possibility of an “assault weapon” ban. Not only is that talk unconstitutional, it is more importantly delusional. Continue reading →