Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Until It's One Of Their Own

Indianapolis is in the midst of a crime wave now that a State Senator was mugged, of course that didn't seem to be the case last year when there were over 190 homicides in that city. Suddenly it's a crime wave when a politician gets robbed at gun point, forget the average Joe and Jane on the street. Now their mayor is proposing new taxes to combat crime, but truly has no plan to tackle the actual crime problem. Imagine my surprise.

Most of the plan seems to hinge on paying off retiring cops pensions, which have been raided numerous times over the years apparently. That's unlikely to address anything but retired cop crime. Of course folks are all up in arms about crime now that the political criminals are going to reach into their pockets and extract more of their hard earned cash.

Here's my suggestion for reducing crime in Indianapolis. Open up a dozen more public firing ranges and encourage people to defend themselves. 'Fess up to the fact that cops are just history takers and have no legal or contractual obligation to protect people and move on from there. Indianapolis should become a "free gun zone", as opposed to a "gun free zone" which some "experts" would like it to be. Make it a city where the maximum number of people openly carry firearms as a true deterrent. Embrace the Atlanta Declaration and the 2nd Amendment as a way of life and watch crime plummet to unheard of lows. Start a discount gun program for seniors and low income families for self defence weaponry. Take the libertarian road, not the statist path.

Throwing more money into law enforcement, who will then use it to become "proactive" enforcers, will have no impact on crime. Some libertarians would contend that expanding police numbers and powers in the name of public safety is a justifiable function of government. I'm not one of them. Expanding the police state, as this country has done, has created an environment where crime flourishes. The "Wars On" have made crime a lucrative business for cop and criminal alike. There's no stake in reducing crime for police forces. As long as they are not liable for anything they can continue to scream for more money to fight the crime problem which never seems to get better. It's a vicious cycle. Less crime would mean less money. More crime means more money and at the end of the day it's all about the Benjamin's for the Thin Blue Line Gang. And power.

Arm the people of Indianapolis. Encourage ownership and open carrying of firearms so that they can do the job which people erroneously think should be done by the police. It's not the job of the police to protect people. Their task is to enforce the laws of the state and to attempt to solve crimes once they have happened. You are the first line of defence, folks, not the "public safety" people. All that will come of this is higher taxes, more police powers, less freedom and the same or more amounts of crime. There is no public safety where crime is concerned, only individual safety and that starts with us.

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1 comment:

Mike Kole said...

I was talking about this on WXNT the other morning. While I do believe that public safety should be fully funded, I mean by that there should be a fair number of police and that they should be well-compensated, BUT, the priorities need to shift. Get the murderers and rapists. Stop busting and incarcerating non-violent offenders of victimless crime.

Mayors need to declare fewer wars on crime, and more promotions of self-responsibility. Tell people they have a role to play in protecting themselves. Tell people they have a responsibility and duty not to initiate force.

But, nah- it's easier to throw money and power at problems. Don't look for things to get any better in Indy any time soon.