We are losing law enforcement officers at an unsustainable rate. Officers have left or are leaving the profession in significant numbers. Milwaukee police say they experienced a spike in retirements over the summer and early fall.
Madison’s acting Chief of Police Vic Wahl recently said that Madison has faced a bigger than average number of departures. He attributed these retirements, in part, to “the negative media narrative about policing and a vocal activist community that is anti-police.” …
It seems intuitive that a smaller police presence leads to increased crime, since criminals will believe their likelihood of getting caught decreases. And that’s what the data reflect.
One study found that an increased police presence reduces robbery, larceny, auto theft, and perhaps even murder. Another study discovered that a greater police presence reduces violent crime and property crime.
Schrödinger’s serial killers
Excerpted from Jonah Goldberg at The Dispatch:
Let’s accept that there’s a strong causal link between bullying and becoming a mass shooter. There’s still the fact that most people who are bullied in school don’t become mass murderers. …
Making schools more nurturing and supportive is not in conflict with making them physically safer. … I am pretty confident that there are some schools that are incredibly well-designed and heavily guarded that are also quite nurturing. If you see a family home with a state-of-the-art security system there’s no reason to assume it’s less loving and nurturing inside. …
Over the last two decades schools have leapt into the anti-bullying cause. I am sure there is less bullying in my high school today than there was when I attended. … [but] when everything is permitted, when everyone has a “reason” to do something, we act as if that lessens their responsibility for their actions, when it should mean the opposite. The sociological obsession with root causes saps the importance of agency.
This 10 year old survived the slaughter
KENS 5 News in San Antonio spoke with one of the few survivors from the fourth grade class at Robb Elementary, who wanted to share what happened to his classmates. “We have a door in the middle, and he opened it and came in and crouched a little bit and said, ‘It’s time to die,’” the 10-year-old remembered.
“When he shot, it was very loud and it hurt my ear. When I saw the bullets on the floor it was real. And when I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he wouldn’t find us. I was hiding hard and I was telling my friend not to talk because he was going to hear us. The cops said [shout] ‘help’ if you need help. And then one of the persons in my class said ‘help,’ and the guy overheard and he came in and shot her. And then the cops barged in into that classroom, and then the guy shot the cops and the cops just started shooting at him. …
[Ms. Irma and Ms. Eva] were nice teachers, and they went in front of my classmates to help and save them. I would like to say for every kid and parent to be safe.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos open to arming teachers in schools.
The massacre at Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, 05-24-22 has produced the usual demands to “do something.” We share the impulse and the anger, but what specifically to do? …
So-called red-flag laws that give police the ability to deny guns to people who may pose a risk to the community have been useful in some cases. But they are hard to enforce, as we recently learned in Buffalo. New York state has a red-flag statute, and Payton Gendron was even referred for mental counseling. He still got a gun. — Wall Street Journal.
The statement that the Second Amendment is not absolute is certainly true. There are laws that can be crafted within the confines set out under controlling Supreme Court precedent. … President Biden repeated his claim that certain weapons were prohibited at the time that the Second Amendment was ratified. That is simply untrue. — law professor Jonathan Turley.
A new sheriff in town?
Anthony Hamilton, a detective with the Dane County Sheriff’s office is running for sheriff as a Republican against incumbent Kalvin Barrett. Any eligible voter in Dane County can sign his nomination paper. Detective Hamilton needs 500 valid signatures by Wednesday, June 1. Public safety is a top priority for voters this years as crime has skyrocketed. Hamilton Nomination Paper.
The committee has at least one witness who’s said Trump was voicing approval of the “Hang Mike Pence” chants. Another key witness was asked about that last week and confirmed that Trump aide Meadows shared that with colleagues. https://t.co/cSr5ZdhPS0
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 25, 2022
Donald Trump’s political revenge campaign hit a wall in Georgia on Tuesday, as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger easily defeated Trump-backed challengers. The question now is whether the former President will continue his vendetta by trying to defeat both men in November. — Wall Street Journal.
It takes courage
People of Ukraine
Finland and Sweden
President Andrzej Duda of Poland
Mike Pence “conservative, but not angry about it.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Poland and the Czechs
Speaker Robin Vos
FdL Co. GOP chair Rohn Bishop
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