I assume those reading this blog are becoming tired of continual stories about shooting. I assume those who are in touch with the social media are now mentally fatigued reading about innocent people shot by those armed with guns. The story has become boring because there is nothing new in these events. It is always the same, some idiot reaches for a gun rather than taking a moment to investigate a situation. Sgt. Easton McDaniels who works in the Loudon County police department in Virginia heard a sound in his garage. It was nighttime, and there was no reason for any noises in his garage. The policeman saw a figure in the darkness.
1. Did he say anything to the figure?
2. Did he issue a warning?
3. Did he fire his gun up in the air?
None of the above. The figure was that of his sixteen year old daughter. She has slipped out of the house to see a friend. So, the policeman blasted away. His daughter is now in a hospital with serious gun shot wounds.
Oh, I forgot to mention, Mr. McDaniels was Standing His Ground!
There are still fires in Ferguson, Missouri, there are still people wandering its streets with anger and fury at police who have treated American citizens as though they were enemies of the government. Police armed with weapons of war, clad in armor as though going into battle to confront Islamic terrorists are out in force in Ferguson. IN reality, Ferguson has become a war zone right here in the good old USA. There is something horrible at the sight of American police pointing assault weapons at citizens. There is something wrong at the sight of armored cars with machine guns driving around Ferguson with the same attitude held by soldiers who fought in the streets of Baghdad. American police no longer are the friendly guy in blue who places a loving hand on the head of children and offers a pleasant hello to businessmen and mothers. They have become warriors ready for combat.
I recall as a boy in the Bronx, New York being caught stealing comic books. A policeman grabbed me, took me outside, and gave me a hard whack on the head with words of warning” “Do that again you little bastard and I’ll send you up the river to a reformatory.” That was the end of my criminal career. What does Ferguson need?
1. Police dressed in blue, not in armor.
2. Police armed with a pistol and club.
3. Neighborhood police who know all the merchants, visit local schools and are friendly with people in the streets.
4. It would also help if instead of only 3 black cops of the 53 officers, the number was closer to thirty.
As we all recall, the United States of America in 1979 decided that Iran, which had just driven out its Shah, was now an enemy state. During the 1980s, America supported the freedom loving nation of Iraq which was ruled by that fighter for freedom, Saddam Hussein. After all, he had invaded Iran which made him now an official member of the club of democracies. A few years have passed and now that Sunni controlled ISIL has gained control over northern Iraq, the idea of working with Iran to halt this terrorist group has become an attractive possibility for America. Both the US and Iran are united in opposing spread of Sunni Islamist terrorism, so what else to do but become allies.
I realize this poses ideological problems for Fox News or Tea Party supporters. After all, Iran is one of the bad guys so how can we ally with these folks? Let me note to those opposing an alliance with Iran that during World War II the US and England were allies of Communist Russia, then led by dictator Joseph Stalin who had murdered at least five million people. As English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, among the most fervent haters of communism put it: “I would form an alliance with the devil if it meant saving my nation!”
Good advice to follow.
There was a student who was on the Arapahoe HS debate team and had a conflict with the coach. She demoted Karl Pierson which made the boy rather angry and he publicly made clear that he intended to murder the coach. Naturally, after a brief detention, the principal allowed the boy to return to class. After all, schools receive state money for each student who is listed as attending school that day. Last December 13, Karl returned –along with a shotgun, a machete and blood in his eyes since he intended to murder the debate coach. Alas, he could not carry out the threat and wound up murdering a 17 year old girl. He then committed suicide.
Attempts to contact the principal and other school authorities about the decision to allow Karl getting back in class have met with “no comment.” School officials note they are not allowed to discuss any disciplinary case. This is simply another example in which a suburban youth decided to enter a school and begin blasting away. The boy needed psychological aid, not going back to class. When will school authorities ever learn that some children should be under medical care rather in classrooms?
Perhaps, a wise member of a police department can explain why acts of crime have declined to historic low rates while at the same time the number of people in jail has risen to over two million. Just about each day there appears in our media another story about some person who engaged in an act of crime, and the result was death–not to police, but to the “criminal.” We need a new war on crime:
1. Shift use of police from worrying about who is smoking marijuana to those who are financial criminals.
2. Shift use of police from worrying about non-violent criminal behavior to those who are engaged in non-violent fiscal crime.
3. Fill the prisons with those wearing white collars rather than those wearing hoods.
4. How about shifting police to examining members of Congress who engage in the crime of selling their vote?
5. Just imagine an America in which agencies of law and order focused on government crime!
6. Imagine an America in which police supervised the health and safety of products being sold that threaten the health of our citizens?
I have a hunch the new War on Crime would result in greater safety for people in this country.