Jan 26, 201612:10 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Got crime? More studies are the answer!
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Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances here in The Emerald City profess wonderment at the disdain outstate for “Madison values,” as Ted Cruz might put it.
The last installment of your favorite blog detailed how even some Wisconsin Democrats run for the deep woods whenever their Madison counterparts propose anti-gun legislation.
“It seriously pisses me off when my colleagues put bills out like this. Especially when they don't know anything about guns,” said an exasperated State Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. His district, centered as it is upon Douglas County, is as far away from Madison as it gets in Wisconsin. So his constituents may not get the full flavor of the hold Madison values have on the Democrat(ic) party.
Crime, for instance.
The dominant political narrative hereabouts is that prison inmates are demographically out of whack to the population at large. The enlightened classes do not contest that those inmates may be exactly proportionate to criminal activity. They’d just rather not think about it.
An Al Sharpton affinity group called Young, Gifted and Black demands the immediate release of some prisoners and the creation of police no-go zones.
The group actually shut down a major city thoroughfare, East Washington Avenue, for eight hours last summer on a busy weekday. They were protesting the killing of an armed robber who attacked a police officer while high on illegal substances. Not one Madison alderman, county supervisor, or state legislator — all liberals, progressives, or socialists — condemned that coercive tactic. The editorialists were likewise silent.
An East side neighborhood experienced another eight-hour shutdown this Sunday when an ex-con sprayed it with shotgun pellets.
It was not the miscreant’s first standoff with police. He took on the Village of Oregon in 2004, again with a shotgun. In 2009, he threatened an officer after a traffic crash. In September he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Some folks wage their war on police with more direct means.
You want gun safety? Quit the catch and release of gun criminals.
It’s not a game?
The City of Milwaukee has been a Democratic satrapy since 1960. It was governed by socialists before that.
In 2015, homicides numbered 144, up from 86 the year before. It is what FBI director James Comey calls “The Ferguson Effect,” the result of the demonization of the police by the Left. Toss in a raft of automobile hijackings, which seem to be peculiar to the city. Saturday, the two trends met in the death of a 16-year-old boy in a stolen Camry. The lad was on probation for six previous arrests, including armed robbery.
The legal system kept letting him go. Sunday afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett, twice the Democratic candidate for governor, spoke out against the epidemic of car thefts, carjackings, and crashes involving stolen vehicles.
"This is not a game at all,” he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
With apologies, Mayor Barrett, it IS a game. Six previous arrests and he’s out on probation? That is a game called hide and seek, catch and release, rinse and repeat.
When Republican legislators from neighboring suburbs — legislators like Alberta Darling and Dale Kooyenga — propose systemic change, status-quo advocates like Sen. Lena Taylor cry racism most foul.