Posts Tagged ‘Public Safety’

California’s new proposed gun control laws

by John Lott on Monday, August 12th, 2013

This is article 460 of 546 in the topic Gun Rights

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Public Safety Committee will hear bills already passed by the state Senate that would ban all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, make it a crime to leave a gun unlocked when you’re out of the house and require those who own high-capacity magazines to get rid of them.

And while a few bills — such as a 10 percent tax on ammunition and a ban on using lead ammunition for hunting — now seem less likely to advance, many others are waiting to be heard in coming weeks. So gun control will be at the fore even as lawmakers grapple with about 1,000 bills on such subjects as health care reform, fracking and environmental regulations.

“We’re going to be open to amendments and suggestions from the administration and the Assembly, but we think we’ve hit the sweet spot in a lot of these areas,” state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told this newspaper. . . .

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Terrorism: Liberals now asking “How Do We Know That the Boston Bombings Were an Act of Terrorism?”

by Stephen Levine on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

This is article 513 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

First, it was the uber-liberal Ruth O’Brien who suggested that we cannot understand the terrorists motives, not yet. And, called for an internal affairs investigation for the possible use of excessive force during the capture of the terrorists.

Now, it is Glenn Greenwald asking: “How do we know that the Boston Bombings were an act of terrorism? Can an act of violence be called ‘terrorism’ if the motive is unknown?”

What is it with this liberal meme, that we need to understand the terrorist’s motives before we can use the word terrorism? Or, even worse, Islamic Jihad Terrorism?

Glenn is either crazy or a liberal; perhaps both …

Glenn Greenwald: How Do We Know That the Boston Bombings Were an Act of Terrorism? — Can an act of violence be called ‘terrorism’ if the motive is unknown?

Authorities have used a public safety exception to delay reading Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present, a move that has sparked controversy. The Obama administration has been criticized in the past for rolling back Miranda rights after unilaterally expanding the public safety exception in 2010. A group of Republican lawmakers have also called for Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant, but the Obama administration has signaled its intention to try him in civilian court. Constitutional lawyer and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald joins us to discuss the legal issues surrounding the case. “It’s sort of odd that the debate is Lindsey Graham’s extremist theory [to hold Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant] or rushing to give President Obama credit for what ought to be just reflexive, which is, if you arrest a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil of a crime, before you imprison him, you actually charge him with a crime and give him the right to a lawyer,” Greenwald says. “The fact those are the two sort of extremes being debated, I think, is illustrative of where we’ve come.”

Read more at: Glenn Greenwald: How Do We Know That the Boston Bombings Were an Act of Terrorism? | Alternet

Bottom line …

You observe a pile of horseshit on a trail, do you immediately question the motives of the horse before you can label it horseshit? You observe a liberal who spouts nonsense, do you immediately question their motives before you can determine it is bullshit?

– steve

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Paul Krugman on owning guns for self-defense

by John Lott on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Number of Concealed Handgun Permits in New Mexico Increases

by John Lott on Monday, January 21st, 2013

With its very high fee for the permits and the 15-hour training requirement, New Mexico is one of the most difficult right-to-carry states to get a concealed handgun permit.  Still, while the total number of permits is low, there has been a substantial increase in the number of permits.  Just since 2009, there has been a 50 percent increase in permits statewide.  From the Las Cruces Sun-News:

New Mexico
2007: 7,000
2009: 16,708
2012: 25,109
— Source: New Mexico Department of Public Safety

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With cuts in police department budget, City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’

by John Lott on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Why is it so inappropriate for the San Bernardino City Attorney to tell people to protect themselves when the police aren’t able to do it?

The city attorney of San Bernardino is under scrutiny for telling residents to “lock their doors and load their guns” during a city council meeting.

The official explained that because the city is bankrupt and slashing public safety budgets people will need to start protecting themselves.

City Attorney Jim Penman said he doesn’t regret what he said.

“You should say what you mean and mean what you say,” Penman said. . . .

Besides the politically correct outrage, the other sad thing about this advice is that it is essentially telling people that they have to be locked up inside their homes.  It would be nice if California joined the rest of the country and let people defend themselves when they are outside their homes.

I was just on Coast-to-Coast AM to discuss these statements.

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Having solved all other problems, Rahm Emanuel begins crusade for healthier vending machines in city buildings

by Doug Powers on Friday, November 16th, 2012

This is article 49 of 69 in the topic Food/Natural Remedies

nullIf you’re in Chicago and the tragically high number of shootings have you living in fear of getting killed by a vending machine, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s got your back:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year.

A proposed ordinance, to be introduced this week, will lay out plans for the new machines and detail guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content starting in January 2013.

“These new vending machines will make it easier than ever before for city employees and the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions,” Emanuel said. “When city employees take their wellness into their own hands, we can reduce health care costs and also serve as a model for the residents of Chicago when it comes to making healthy choices.”

Emanuel’s guidelines dictate that only 25 percent of the new machines’ cold beverages can be “high calorie,” or contain 25 calories or more per eight ounces. All hot drinks must not be high-calorie, and all vended drinks must be limited to 12 ounces.

According to the plan, at least 75 percent of food offerings should contain 250 calories or less and at least five items should contain 250mg or less of sodium per serving. A gluten- and nut-free option also must be provided.

Apparently Emanuel’s applying the Remington-Flockhart Theory of Public Safety, which posits that stray bullets are slightly less likely to strike thin people.

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Politifact Texas: black women: “fastest-growing demographic group in…Texas seeking concealed handgun licenses.”

by John Lott on Sunday, October 7th, 2012

This is article 242 of 546 in the topic Gun Rights
Sue Owen with the Austin American-Statesman evaluated a claim by Republican state representative Stefani Carter on permit holders.  Before going into the specifics, let me say that I was impressed that Ms. Owen went the extra mile to evaluate the claim.

You might be surprised to learn who cares about the Second Amendment, lawmaker Stefani Carter suggested in a recent USA Today opinion article.
“What is the fastest-growing demographic group in my state of Texas seeking concealed handgun licenses? Black women,” wrote Carter, a Dallas Republican running for re-election to the Texas House, in the Aug. 30, 2012, piece.
We decided to check out who’s taking advantage lately of Texas’ concealed-handgun law, which since January 1996 has allowed permit holders to carry such guns in most public places while excluding others, such as churches. . . .
Our ruling
Carter claims black women are the fastest-growing group of permit-seekers.
We accept her explanation that she meant to refer to permits issued each year. And her statement fairly captures available data and research.
However, the lack of information on Hispanic permit recipients makes it impossible to conclude which Texas subgroups are getting permits most often.
We rate the statement as Half True.

I would have given Carter a higher rating than the “Half True” that Politifact gave her since she was using the demographic breakdowns provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, that her op-ed was really relying on a statement from an academic who she apparently double-checked, and there is no evidence that other breakdowns would have produced alternative results.  Hispanics are included as either white or black and not separately broken out. Given that black females exceed all other well defined groups it is pretty unlikely, though not impossible, that Hispanic females would have exceeded black females.  Given all this, I would have given Representative Carter a “Mostly True” rating.

In any case, even if Politifact believed that the evaluation should have included other possible demographic breakdowns that weren’t reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety, I would have placed most of the blame on the original academic evaluation that Representative Carter relied on. At the very least, if Politifact were to be fair, it should criticize both the original academic reference and the DPS as much as Rep. Carter since their information is also in the public domain.  The legal/academic website that she relied has a large circulation.

Finally, I looked at other “Half True” evaluations, and it seems that Politifact is being tougher on Representative Carter than on those other cases.  Take for example the post on Gail Collins saying that the Texas GOP opposes public schools teaching “critical thinking.”  While it is true that the GOP used that term, if one read the entire sentence, Collins’ inference is clearly false and Collins must have read that sentence in writing her piece.  I just don’t see the similarity between Ms. Collins’ deliberate misinterpretation of a statement and Rep. Carter accurately reporting what an academic had found and even double-checking those numbers herself with the Texas DPS.  There is a level of distortion in Collins’ writing that is simply not there for Carter.

I have other graphs on this issue available here.

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Empire State shooting injures at least 8 in workplace dispute; gunman dead; Bloomberg can’t refrain from gun control politics; some victims may have been shot by NYPD

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

This is article 172 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

Another mass shooting this morning — this time in NYC, where gun control reigns. Please keep all the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Twitchy has full, continuing coverage here. Nanny Bloomberg will speak shortly at a press conference…live coverage here.

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Update: Bloomberg acknowledges that some of the victims may have been shot by NYPD, and closes his public statement by touting NYC public safety record and invoking leftist gun control politics: “…we are not immune to gun violence.”

Bloomberg says tape shows the perpetrator pulled out a gun and tried to shoot at police. Two officers opened fire and took him down. They ID’d him after a construction worker witnessed shooter murdering ex-co-worker and followed him, then notified NYPD.

Good news: City says bystanders who were shot will all survive.

Bloomberg’s last words: “There’s an awful lot of guns out there.”

Was that necessary?

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MLive Media Group does an important investigation into data problems with justifiable homicide data

by John Lott on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I have long been concernedabout the problems with the FBI’s justifiable homicide data, so it is nice to see John Barnes at MLive Media Group do a careful investigation of this data.

Officially, there were 117 justifiable homicides involving civilians in Michigan from 2000 to 2010. Another 95 were killed by police, according to the statistics.
One reason those numbers are low is simple, MLive’s investigation found.
Police are reporting the cases as criminal homicides. When it’s later determined to be justifiable, they don’t change the easy-to-recode electronic records. It’s as simple as changing a “1” to a “4.”
That was the case in Kalamazoo County, where FBI statistics show only one justifiable homicide between 2000 and 2010. There were eight, three by civilians and five by police, MLive found.
“It’s all a data-input problem,” Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said. “What happens is when the initial reports are generated, it’s coded as a homicide. It never gets recoded.” . . .

See also this piece from Monday.

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California budget deficit just a little higher than previous projection

by Doug Powers on Sunday, May 13th, 2012

This is article 154 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

About $6.8 billion higher to be exact:

California’s budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday.

The Democratic governor said the shortfall grew from $9.2 billion in January in part because tax collections have not come in as high as expected and the economy isn’t growing as fast as hoped for. The deficit has also risen because lawsuits and federal requirements have blocked billions of dollars in state cuts.

“This means we will have to go much farther and make cuts far greater than I asked for at the beginning of the year,” Brown said in an online video. “But we can’t fill this hole with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools. That’s why I’m bypassing the gridlock and asking you, the people of California, to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety.”

Brown did not release details of the newly calculated deficit Saturday, but he is expected to lay out a revised spending plan Monday. The new plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 hinges in large part on voters approving higher taxes.

How about first cutting billions in expenses by putting the “train to nowhere” on the chopping block? Sorry, crazy suggestion.

Part of Brown’s proposal is a tax increase on higher income earners in California — a “Moonbeam Rule” (which is a variation on the “Buffett Rule” except it actually has a chance of being implemented):

nullUnder Brown’s tax plan, California would temporarily raise the state’s sales tax by a quarter-cent and increase the income tax on people who make $250,000 or more. Brown is projecting his tax initiative would raise as much as $9 billion, but a review by the nonpartisan analyst’s office estimates revenue of $6.8 billion in fiscal year 2012-13.

Now if Brown could only convince some of those people in that red sliver on the above chart to donate their money to reduce the state’s deficit instead of giving it to the Obama campaign he might get somewhere:

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