Damn, he’s good!
Cannot do better than quote former mayor Dave Cieslewicz (pronounced exactly as spelled). Also, my North Korean scriveners walked off the job today so I’ve got to poach someone else’s work. Anyhoo, Dave C. writes:
Madison is experiencing a record number of shots-fired incidents. City streets and parking lots are littered with shell casings. The Madison City Council is responding with almost a quarter million dollars of poorly targeted programs that will likely do nothing to stem the violence. This week the council voted to spend $225,000 on a bunch of programs intended to increase public safety … but I don’t see how they will stop the shooting.
Let’s break off from Dave C. to explore the numbers:
Shots fired up 74%
Madison WI police report unprecedented levels of gun violence in 2020. “The number of shots fired incidents that occurred in 2020 was the highest since the department has been tracking them, and the nature of those shooting incidents – the number of shots being exchanged, the public locations where many shootings occurred, and the utter disregard shown to uninvolved members of the public – was disturbing.”
• 250 shots fired incidents, up from 144 in 2019 — up 73.6%
• 97 reports of property damage due to shots fired
• 48 persons hit by gunfire
• 1,111 casings recovered
Dave Cieslewicz continues:
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, here’s an example of one of those programs: “Community Agency Bridging the Gap: Up to $10,000 for crisis intervention services while also building resident leadership, engaging in connecting residents to resources, and improving cultural responsiveness and supporting the cultural identity of community members.”
What exactly does, “improving cultural responsiveness and supporting the cultural identity of community members,” mean and how does it relate to reducing violent crime? …
The council would have been smarter to invest that $225,000 in police overtime to increase patrols in parts of the city where the bullets are flying. Over the past four decades, Madison has used “blue blanket” approaches to good effect. Believe it or not, the block of Main Street between Pinckney Street and Webster Street was one of those cop saturation areas in the late 1970’s. Now the biggest crime committed there is what the bars charge for a glass of wine. …
Another effective strategy might be to take the bad guys off the street … but that is anathema to the hard-left politics of the council.
Meanwhile in George Floyd’s Minneapolis
19 children hit by gunfire so far this year
Mayor Jacob Frey said he wants to prioritize funding for Minneapolis Police overtime to ensure the department can “efficiently and safely increase its patrol presence.” He’s also proposing body cameras in high-crime areas and staff to review footage in real time. He also wants to hire more civilian staff for MPD.
“Gun violence is traumatizing our neighborhoods across our city, including and especially right here in north Minneapolis,” he said, according to local television.
Democratic party shibboleths
Dave Cieslewicz, well aware that he is bucking a Democrat(ic) party that endorsed avowed Marxist Rebecca Kemble and BLM operative Brandi Grayson, compensates for his heresy by reciting the standard liberal-progressive talking points:
- A higher minimum wage — the catch phrase is “making work pay.”
- Get the guns off the streets. Perhaps with a capitol dome-sized magnet?
- “Focus on the problems and needs of young men.” Which is another way to repeat the “unmet needs” mantra of the Left.
Blaska’s Bottom Line prescription: A minimum security, residential school coupled with legislation charging the custodial parent every time Junior goes gang banging, as outlined here.