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The most drastic violent crime reductions took place on Giuliani's watch. Due largely to the 7,000 cops he added to the force and giving the local commanders the authority they needed to do their jobs. Bloomberg has allowed that authority & decision making to remain in their respective precincts. He's been able to continue the trend by continuing the policies he inherited.
Correlation=causality in your book, evidently. Gun control=less crime. Unicorns & gumdrops. You should look into CompStat & the "broken windows" policies pursued by NYC under Giuliani and continued after his departure. More cops allowed to implement aggressive policing is responsible for the crime reductions in NYC - even Giuliani's critics concede the point. & Giuliani was happy to credit Dinkins for laying the groundwork by finding more $ for the NYPD.
Melanie - you might want to look at the here & now. Over 400 murders in NYC last year and more than 500 in Chicago despite "the strictest gun-control regulations in the country." Somehow, I'll wager the victims of that violence don't share your unicorn & gumdrop vision of capitulation and defenselessness.
Not buying the media violence jive, by the way. I remember the chicken littles when I was a kid, shrieking noisily about Wile E. Coyote & Elmer Fudd getting blown up for my amusement. To say nothing of Starsky & Hutch and the Dirty Harry flicks. Really enjoyed the Shogun miniseries back in the day. Guys being disembowled left & right, and that kid getting boiled alive for the warlord's entertainment. I'm sure I must be a Ted Bundy in waiting...
Bill Schurman writes: "Confiscation ? Typical right-wing crap."
Golly gee willikers, Bill. You're sure right about that - confiscation could NEVER happen here in the land of the free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d...
If that 5-yr old girl is a terrorist, you & I must be downright genocidal.
Another: "Routt County's law abiding citizens discuss how to retain their weapons if local law enforcement goes off the rails like the NOPD." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d...
Thank GOD for ever vigilant school administrators, protecting us from dangerous 5-year olds and their pink plastic bubble makers: 5-year-old girl suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a “terrorist threat.” Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/01/kindergartner-suspended-over-bubble-gun-threat/
I feel SO much safer now that the little maggot has been set on the straight & narrow.
Overall I think it's an improvement. Not by a large margin, but an improvement nonetheless. I agree with observations about the Scott Wedel show, and now ignore all of Scott's musings (editor: how about an "ignore" option along with the 'suggest removal' & 'edit' buttons?).
The absence of this kind of tripe is what has tilted the scales in favor of the new policy (for me): http://www.steamboattoday.com/users/Sep/comments/?page=22&#c106880
It is sad. It's among the reasons I've filed Rhys under 'life's too short' and put him on the list of people I ignore.
I've just replaced the original & quite attractive wooden grips on my Colt Cobra with after market Pachmayrs. Breathtakingly ugly, but wow - significantly more comfortable. I'm sure it'll translate into superior handling & control. I'll be testing that proposition during some racist target shooting this weekend. The new grips are black. The old ones are brown. Their interchangability is surely a red flag for my bigotry. It won't get above freezing anytime soon. Keep a sharp eye out for ice of color as you're driving.
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