This is what liberal entitlement looks like, my friends.
A large group of men in the 20s shoot each other up in the wee hours of Sunday morning morning at a gas station near East Towne Mall. Four men are hit. Police find more than 20 shell casings from at least three different weapons.
The dispute began in Dodge County, we are told, but found its way to Madison. Madison Police suspect the shootings are gang related. The gas station, the State Journal reports, was “overwhelmed” with up to 70 people at once. Three of the shooting victims are Madison residents. Not known if they were also the shooters. The Werkes never presumes race or motive.
But the usual special pleaders are out in force today. It’s the cops’ fault. The shooters? They’re victims! We S*** you not. (Our official motto here at the Werkes.)
“Community members” held a press conference at UW Hospital. (Always a bad sign.) Their message is familiar:
• How dare the police and the news media draw connections to gang violence!
• Police did not do enough to assist families of victims.
• The City of Madison hasn’t spent enough money. Hasn’t built enough neighborhood centers. Hasn’t implemented enough programs.
• We’ve got to give these people jobs.
“You wanna take guns off the streets? Give these young men jobs,” said Michael Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. (WKOW-TV 27 reports.)
Never mind the plethora of Help Wanted/Now Hiring! signs on nearly every retail store and restaurant in town.
Any more ‘loving’ and we’re all screwed
Perhaps the application process is too taxing. Maybe too demeaning. You got to actually apply? Man, I want to be given a job! Like toys under the Christmas tree. Because I sure do want to work.
When will Madison implement its 15-Point* Violence Prevention Plan. The City plowed $400,000 (a familiar number) into this attempt at social engineering but no one seems to know how to actually make it work, high-placed sources tell this blog. Alds. Matt Phair and Maurice Cheeks were sponsors. (* As a rule of thumb, the more “points” in a policy, the more squishy the product. What it amounts to is a lot of “peer” mentoring and counseling. More here.)
As any Madison community leader of whatever race called on the gas station rioters to cooperate with police? (Nobody knows nothin’ and aren’t talking if they did.) Where is the press conference urging that folks obey the law? Respect human life? Quit shooting each other? Take responsibility rather than blaming The Man? Escaped our notice.
One more thing for all you haters out there. These aren’t bad people.
“These are fathers, they take care of their children, and they’re providers for their whole family, they’re loving people,” said Shirley Norman-Johnson, the sister of a shooting victim.
They’re loving people … who shoot each other.