… and his darn CCW criminal background checks!
Shake the Lake was even posted with ‘No Firearms!’ signs
Say this about Pete Buttigieg at last week’s Democrat(ic) presidential debate: at least he took responsibility. “I didn’t get it done,” the candidate said about not getting more racial diversity in the police force as mayor of his small town in Indiana. Didn’t blame Donald Trump.
There is a shooting Saturday night at Shake the Lake, Madison’s downtown Independence Day fireworks celebration. The miracle is only one person was shot in the midst of scores of people at Monona Terrace, Madison’s civic gathering place and prized jewel. (A policeman was also injured when he fell in the clean-up operation.)
Our new mayor, Satya Conway-Rhodes, vowed more security at future events, then pivoted to blame Republicans for crime in her city — A city that was too liberal, progressive, and socialist for Paul Soglin! Her Honor said:
“It is entirely unacceptable that someone brought a gun to last nights’ Festival Foods Shake the Lake fireworks display, an event enjoyed by thousands of people, including many children.
Let’s break in at this point to notice something that Ann of Althouse first put into print: “Brought a gun…. Not used a gun…. That’s [so-oooo] Madison.” We resume Madame Mayor’s comment:
“… I will be working with the police and other city staff to see what measures can be taken to enhance security at this event and other public events.
“But our job is made more difficult by a state legislature that advances reckless gun laws and at the same time curtails the rights of cities to take further action.”
What these “reckless gun laws” might be that the legislature forced on the people of Wisconsin, Mayor Conway-Rhodes does not say. Presumably, she meant concealed carry. Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow this right (there are now 50). In Wisconsin 330,000 citizens hold concealed carry permits after taking training, enduring a criminal background check, and paying the permit fee. Since the 1990s, state law has prohibited municipalities from enacting stricter firearms laws than those in state statutes.
As for “further action,” Her Honor may wish to speak to District Attorney Ozanne about his catch and release policy.
A typical Rohdes-Conway voter named Angela O’Cleirigh trotted out (via social media) the Progressive Dane line: “Its pretty obvious it was probably a misfire of some middle-aged white dude’s conceal and carry ….”
My people, they not only walk among us, they elect our mayors.
Police Chief Mike Koval could walk across Lake Monona and Madison progressives would complain that the chief can’t swim.
Madison has been giving its police a department-wide proctology exam for the last four years through a torture device called “Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee.” The newest member of that Inquisition panel is “police critic” (as the WI State Journal calls him) Gregory Gelembiuk. He is a soldier in Amelia Royko-Maurer’s anti-cop “Community Response Team.”
Blame the Police First
Gelembiuk blames the police. “I wonder if Satya talked to [Koval] about not scaring people off from the event with his typical lurid rhetoric.”
Which is an odd thing to say, considering that Koval called the shooting “an anomaly, an outlier, and is not the defining narrative for this annual event.” Sorry, Chief, but you’re wrong this time. At the predecessor to Shake the Lake (Rhythm and Booms at Warner Park), four people were stabbed. Teen violence shut down the midways at Bratfest and at Fitchburg Days not too long ago. Not an anomaly, Chief. Families now are considering staying away from future civic events. (The Wisconsin State Journal story.)
Tripping the light fantastic, Gelembiuk actually made the case (on social media) for FEWER POLICE!
“That this happened despite heavy police presence/security also would undercut his usual narrative that adding police increases safety. In reality, the evidence clearly shows that adding police to a typical U.S. police department doesn’t reduce violent crime.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: You can’t blame Greg Gelembiuk on the Republicans, Madame Mayor!