‘Something of a backlash may be developing’
Is anyone picking up on this? Dane County public health is gunning for Helbach’s coffee (“cofveve?) shop in Middleton for not enforcing the Covid-19 face mask edict. May yank their food and beverage license.
But police kept their distance from the “celebration of life” at Madison’s Garner Park Tuesday night (08-04-2020) even though very few of the 300 people gathered there were covering their faces. The gendarmes moved in only when the “community” started shooting each other.
⇒ Amelia Jones at NBC 15 has video the moment of the shootings (we see one face mask).
You want a public health risk?
Dane County has officially declared racism to be a public health risk. Someday soon, one hopes, Dane County will declare gunfire as another public health risk. At least, no one is accusing the police of racism so far, reverse or otherwise. But give the Progressives time.
“I don’t think it would be a wise decision to force some sort of conflict over a public health order, to be honest with you.” That is Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl. Hard to blame him after Mayor Satya and Ald. Tag Evers criticized police for scooping up Devonere A. Johnson (“the Black Jesus”) for shaking down Downtown Madison eateries. The Progs actually blamed police for the riots that night (June 23-24, 2020).
Even after the Battle of Garner Park, “there was a fair amount of hostility and lack of cooperation from the group,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Spreading the pain around town
After Maurice R. Bowman Jr. got whacked 07-25-2020 (and a companion shot and injured), police sources predicted retaliation, which explains why Chief Wahl’s forces were standing watch Tuesday night. That and noise complaints from neighbors. It is safe to say there will be an Episode #3.
Speaking of neighbors, Garner Park sits at the SW corner of the Hill Farms neighborhood, single family homes assessed at a respectable $380,000. One prominent resident, an attorney, told the head groundskeeper of the Werkes, “Now that the Hill Farms neighborhood has been hit with the shooting, people may be willing to take a look at some of these police issues from a different perspective. I sense that something of a backlash may be developing.”
The neighborhood association is meeting with their alder, Arvina Martin, on Saturday. Will they tell Ald. Martin to quit hectoring the police? Will they endorse Recall Mayor Satya 2020 who has told police to stand down during the riots? Today (08-06-2020) she is calling for “common sense gun control” and blames Republicans in the State Legislature for not passing more laws that only law-abiding citizens would obey, anyway.
Mayor Satya should RECALL that one of the two arrests (so far) from the Battle of Garner Park was for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon? (The answer is: Yes.)
If the police can’t protect us …
Speaking of which, “Americans saw police forces across the country unable to protect their cities against rioting mobs. One result is that gun sales have shot through the roof, with an estimated 40% of purchases this year going to first-time buyers,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales in July were up 122% over July 2019.
“These record sales are best understood as a referendum on the riots, and the growing lack of confidence many Americans have that police will protect them.”
⇒ Last night (08-05-2020) Multiple shots fired in the 1700 block of Park Heights, car screeching away at warp speed.
Blaska’s Bottom Line #1: Good luck selling gun control to the growing population of gun owners. When will we try criminal control, instead?
Blaska’s Bottom Line #2: It is indeed a miracle that only three persons got shot at Garner Park despite 65 spent shell casings. More accuracy and we would be observing many more “celebrations of life.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line #3: If you were any good on public safety, Mayor Satya, then why did the police union vote No Confidence in you?