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NATIONWIDE crime spike after Ferguson-Baltimore riots

It isn’t just Baltimore that’s experiencing a sharp increase in crime, esp. homicides, since the Freddie Gray riots (see “State of anarchy in post-riot Baltimore: Homicides spike; police presence scarce; residents fearful”). Crime rates have increased across America.

In an op/ed for the Wall St. Journal of May 29, 2015, Heather Macdonald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of the 2002 book, Are Cops Racist?, writes that America’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America, which, no doubt, will be used by Obama & company to push for gun control.

As examples:

  • Baltimore, gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.
  • In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%. “Crime is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said St. Louis Alderman Joe Vacarro at a May 7 City Hall hearing.
  • In Atlanta, murders were up 32% as of mid-May.
  • In Chicago, shootings had increased 24% and homicides 17%.
  • In Los Angeles, shootings and other violent felonies had spiked by 25%.
  • In New York, murder was up nearly 13%, and gun violence 7%.
  • In St. Louis, MO, after the shooting of Michael Brown in August, homicides surged 47% by early November and robberies in the county were up 82%.

Those citywide statistics mask even more startling (black) neighborhood-level increases. As examples:

  • Shooting incidents are up 500% in New York’s East Harlem precinct compared with last year.
  • Shooting victims are up 100% in a police division in South Central, Los Angeles.

By contrast, the first six months of 2014 continued a 20-year pattern of growing public safety. Violent crime in the first half of last year dropped 4.6% nationally and property crime was down 7.5%.

The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense hostility against American police departments over the past nine months.

Since last summer, the airwaves have been dominated by suggestions that the police are the biggest threat facing young black males today. A handful of highly publicized deaths of unarmed black men, often following a resisted arrest—including Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., in July 2014, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014 and Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month—have led to riots, violent protests and attacks on the police. Murders of officers jumped 89% in 2014, to 51 from 27.

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Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, before he stepped down last month, embraced the conceit that law enforcement in black communities is infected by bias. The news media pump out a seemingly constant stream of stories about alleged police mistreatment of blacks, with the reports often buttressed by cellphone videos that rarely capture the behavior that caused an officer to use force.

Almost any police shooting of a black person, no matter how threatening the behavior that provoked the shooting, now provokes angry protests, like those that followed the death of Vonderrit Myers in St. Louis last October. The 18-year-old Myers, awaiting trial on gun and resisting-arrest charges, had fired three shots at an officer at close range. Arrests in black communities are even more fraught than usual, with hostile, jeering crowds pressing in on officers and spreading lies about the encounter.

Acquittals of police officers for the use of deadly force against black suspects are now automatically presented as a miscarriage of justice. Proposals aimed at producing more cop convictions abound, but New York state seems especially enthusiastic about the idea.

New York's Cerberus

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman wants to create a special state prosecutor dedicated solely to prosecuting cops who use lethal force. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would appoint an independent monitor whenever a grand jury fails to indict an officer for homicide and there are “doubts” about the fairness of the proceeding (read: in every instance of a non-indictment); the governor could then turn over the case to a special prosecutor for a second grand jury proceeding.

This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the “Ferguson effect.” Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the “criminal element is feeling empowered,” Dotson reported. “Ferguson effects” are happening across the country as officers scale back on proactive policing under the onslaught of anti-cop rhetoric. Arrests in Baltimore were down 56% in May compared with 2014.

A New York City officer explains, “Any cop who uses his gun now has to worry about being indicted and losing his job and family. Everything has the potential to be recorded. A lot of cops feel that the climate for the next couple of years is going to be nonstop protests.”

Police officers now second-guess themselves about the use of force. “Officers are trying to invent techniques on the spot for taking down resistant suspects that don’t look as bad as the techniques taught in the academy,” says Jim Dudley, who recently retired as deputy police chief in San Francisco. Officers complain that civilians don’t understand how hard it is to control someone resisting arrest.

A New York City cop says he was amazed to hear people scoffing that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, only looked a “little red” after Brown assaulted him and tried to grab his weapon: “Does an officer need to be unconscious before he can use force? If someone is willing to fight you, he’s also willing to take your gun and shoot you. You can’t lose a fight with a guy who has already put his hands on you because if you do, you will likely end up dead.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, discussing hostility toward the police, said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m guessing it will take five years to recover.”

Even if officer morale were to miraculously rebound, policies are being put into place that will make it harder to keep crime down in the future. Those policies reflect the belief that any criminal-justice action that has a disparate impact on blacks is racially motivated.

In New York, pedestrian stops—when the police question and sometimes frisk individuals engaged in suspicious behavior—have dropped nearly 95% from their 2011 high, thanks to litigation charging that the NYPD’s stop, question and frisk practices were racially biased. A judge agreed, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, upon taking office last year, did too, embracing the resulting judicial monitoring of the police department. It is no surprise that shootings are up in the city.

Politicians and activists in New York and other cities have now taken aim at “broken windows” policing. This police strategy has shown remarkable success over the past two decades by targeting low-level public-order offenses, reducing the air of lawlessness in rough neighborhoods and getting criminals off the streets before they commit bigger crimes. Opponents of broken-windows policing somehow fail to notice that law-abiding residents of poor communities are among the strongest advocates for enforcing laws against public drinking, trespassing, drug sales and drug use, among other public-order laws.

As attorney general, Eric Holder pressed the cause of ending “mass incarceration” on racial grounds; elected officials across the political spectrum have jumped on board. A 2014 California voter initiative has retroactively downgraded a range of property and drug felonies to misdemeanors, including forcible theft of guns, purses and laptops. More than 3,000 felons have already been released from California prisons, resulting in a surge of burglary, larceny and car theft in Los Angeles county.

Los Angeles Police Lt. Armando Munoz said, “There are no real consequences for committing property crimes anymore, and the criminals know this.” Milwaukee district attorney John Chisholm is diverting many property and drug criminals to rehabilitation programs to reduce the number of blacks in Wisconsin prisons; critics see the rise in Milwaukee crime as one result.

If these decriminalization and deincarceration policies backfire, the people most harmed will be their supposed beneficiaries: blacks, since they are disproportionately victimized by crime. The black death-by-homicide rate is six times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. The killers of those black homicide victims are overwhelmingly other black civilians, not the police. The police could end all use of lethal force tomorrow and it would have at most a negligible impact on the black death rate. In any case, the strongest predictor of whether a police officer uses force is whether a suspect resists arrest, not the suspect’s race.

Contrary to the claims of the “black lives matter” movement, no government policy in the past quarter century has done more for urban reclamation than proactive policing. Data-driven enforcement, in conjunction with stricter penalties for criminals and “broken windows” policing, has saved thousands of black lives, brought lawful commerce and jobs to once drug-infested neighborhoods and allowed millions to go about their daily lives without fear.

Any fatal police shooting of an innocent person is a horrifying tragedy that police training must work incessantly to prevent. But unless the demonization of law enforcement ends, the liberating gains in urban safety over the past 20 years will be lost.

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~Éowyn

NY State Assembly approves bill to inject poison into hearts of babies in the womb

For years, the New York state legislature has been embroiled in a battle over a package of bills called the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) that supposedly promotes the interests of women. The 10-point WEA is held up in part because the legislature has resisted the 10th point — a late-term abortion measure, AB 6221, which allows abortionists killing the unborn by shooting poison into their little beating hearts.

NY State AB 6221

Since 2013, abortion advocates have been holding the Women’s Equality Act hostage to this single AB 6221, refusing to break the 10-point bill up. The legislature resisted passing AB 6221 despite strenuous support from the supposedly Catholic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The position of the Catholic Church is and consistently has been that abortion is an “intrinsic evil,” which means it is not subject to negotiation. Being an intrinsic evil, abortion also takes precedence before any of the Church’s other concerns, including the darling of the Left — “social justice.”

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a vote of 94-49 the New York State Assembly approved passage of AB 6221, which will expand third-trimester abortions and allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

Third-trimester abortion is also called late-term abortion — the deliberate murder of babies who are 7 to 9 months old, who feel pain, and who are viable if allowed to live outside their mothers’ wombs.

New York State law currently allows for late-term abortion, i.e., abortion in the third trimester, only when the mother’s life is in danger. AB 6221, sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, will instead allow abortion on-demand throughout all nine months, i.e., up until the 9th month. The law would be changed to allow abortion for any reason deemed “relevant to the well-being of the patient” including physical, emotional, psychological, and familial factors, and the mother’s age.

Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life executive director, said:

“Expanding cruel and brutal third-trimester abortions has long been a goal of the anti-life lobby who never met an abortion they didn’t like. With no regard for the fully developed unborn baby who is violently dismembered, or otherwise killed, the New York State Assembly once again put the abortion lobby above New York State women and their children. We now look once again to the Senate to hold the line in defense of the children which happens to also be in accordance with the will of the rest of the people. It is ridiculous that in 2015, with all the technology at our disposal, we are still arguing whether or not an eight month old baby in the womb deserves protection. It is doubtful that our descendants will look kindly upon this period in our history, when we fought for the right to dismember babies weeks, days and even minutes before birth.

New York State Right to Life will be discussing this and other attacks on members of the human family at their free-to-the-public Lobby for Life Day on April 29 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

NY Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

New York State Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick represents District 66 in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Her official bio says “Deborah is the first openly lesbian or gay member of the New York State legislature” and that “As an elected official, she has focused on civil rights, reproductive freedom, health care, lesbian and gay rights, the environment, housing, higher education, social justice, animal rights and funding for the arts.”

Clearly, for Glick, “animal rights” do not include the rights of the human unborn, even up to 9 months old.

For her contact information, click here.

H/t LifeNews and FOTM’s CSM.

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~Éowyn

NY gun owners join other states in defying gun control laws

American Revolution

There are two ways for people who are not sheeple to resist a dictatorial government:

  1. Passively, via noncompliance; or
  2. Actively, via protests and armed insurrection.

Gun owners across America are choosing #1, passive resistance:

  • In Connecticut, hundreds of gun owners have not complied with a new state law requiring all gun owners to register their firearms by January 1, 2014. The CT state legislature had passed that law by invoking the Sandy Hook school shooting.
  • In Colorado, elected county sheriffs (55 out of 62) have signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a package of gun-control laws requiring background checks for private gun transfers and outlawing magazines over 15 rounds. The state legislature had passed those anti-Second Amendment laws by invoking the alleged Sandy Hook massacre and the preceding Aurora theater shooting. Some sheriffs, like Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it.
  • Even in “liberal” blue state California, gun owners in Sunnyvale, a city in Silicon Valley, are defying a new local law banning high-capacity magazines by refusing to turn in those magazines by the March 6 deadline. San Francisco had approved a similar ban last year, but SF police Sgt. Eric O’Neal said his department has no system to track whether any magazines have been turned in for destruction under the new ordinance. Both Sunnyvale and San Francisco enacted their gun control laws in reaction to the alleged Sandy Hook massacre.

Add the gun owners of New York to the above list of passive resisters.

Bob Owens reports for Bearing Arms, April 5, 2014, that New York state residents are required to register an estimated 1 million firearms designated as “assault weapons” under the NY SAFE Act by April 15.

But it appears there is overwhelming noncompliance.

NY State Police refuse to publicly share the number of firearms that have been registered (citing a provision of the NY SAFE Act itself), but leaks purporting to be from within the agency indicate that only 3,000 to 5,000 firearms have been registered, which suggests a noncompliance rate of a whopping 99.5%.

More encouraging still is the fact that the chief law enforcement officers in most counties have announced they will not enforce the SAFE law. NY State Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) said, “The rank and file troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.”

NY governor Andrew Cuomo had also invoked the Sandy Hook massacre when he pushed through the Orwellian-named SAFE Act.

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Do you see a pattern in the red-colored sentences above?

Every state that passed gun control laws IN VIOLATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, had invoked the alleged massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 — a massacre that former state trooper Wolfgang Halbig calls “a contrived event.”

Indeed, as The Newtown Bee reports, a “Gallup poll shows support for new gun laws jumped after the Sandy Hook tragedy. But a Pew Research Center poll shows that support has slipped. And even in the aftermath of Newtown, there were fewer people calling for new gun laws than there were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”

So if the Sandy Hook massacre indeed was a false flag, expect another even more heartrending mass-trauma false-flag event to come our way soon.

For links to the posts FOTM has published on this contrived event, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

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H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

UPDATE (April 17, 2014):

Hooray!

As many as a million New York residents have failed to register their “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines with the state, by the April 15 deadline. Read more at Guns.com.

~Eowyn

New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication

Yep folks inch by inch they are coming. Is anyone else besides me tired of playing by the rules? You know we’re the good guys and we don’t cheat.

Frankly I am so sick and friggen tired of it. They just trample EVERYTHING that is decent and right that is in this world. They lie, cheat , beat , and yes even kill for their agenda. How bout we start drawing a line in the sand and say you better not cross this or I’m gonna bop you UPSIDE the head. I’m sorry but

the marquis de queensbury rules simply don’t apply anymore.

I forget who said it But it went something like this.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”  

This story grabs me by my gut and makes me want to hurl. HIPPA, Dr. Patient ——privacy, civil rights. Where is the outrage.?—————–

Government increases “onerous activity” to confiscate legal firearms.

Infowars.com
April 9, 2013

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The New York State Police are suspending the handgun permits of people in the state who are prescribed anti-anxiety medication, according to Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm in Hamburg, New York. Tresmond Law specializes in firearm litigation.

“We are representing a client right now who is impacted by this onerous activity of the government,” Tresmond told WBEN, a news talk radio station in Buffalo, New York.

“We were flummoxed by this whole matter,” the attorney said. “The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s a gross invasion of our privacy rights.”

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tresmond said the New York State Police are responsible for taking action against legal firearms owners. “Based on information the county received from the New York State Police, they’ve suspended the permits. The State Police instigates the proceedings.”

Section 9.46 of the NY SAFE Act of 2013 authorizes therapists, doctors, nurses and social workers to report patients they determine may engage in conduct that may result in harm to self or others. If a determination is made that the person in question poses a threat, the provision permits the government to confiscate firearms. The provision is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and the legal standard of probable cause.

Experts said many mental health providers will likely ignore the provision.

NY SAFE was passed by the New York State Legislature on January 15, 2013, and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo the same day.

This article was posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

~Steve~                   H/T  INFOWARS

 

NY gun owners plan mass civil disobedience

After years of mass shooting incidents, it took the murder of 20 white school children in a prosperous town — the 5th safest city in America — in a non-crime ridden state to finally jump start the Left’s gun-control agenda into overdrive.

A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the first major legislative action in response to the massacre and the toughest gun control law in the nation. Called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, the main provisions of the law include:

  • Bans possession of any high-capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold.
  • Requires ammunition dealers to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers.
  • Requires New Yorkers who own assault weapons to register their guns with the state.
  • Requires any therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat of harming others to report the threat to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Tightens the state’s description of an “assault” weapon to just one “military rifle” feature.
  • Requires background checks for all gun sales, including by private dealers.

A week later, the state’s assault-rifle owners are organizing a mass boycott of the new law, which promises to be the largest act of civil disobedience in New York state history.

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Fredric U. Dicker reports for the New York Post, Jan. 21, 2013, that Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state, said “I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes.’’

Leaders of some of the state’s 300 gun clubs, gun dealers and Second Amendment organizations are organizing the boycott — and the heaviest interest is in Suffolk County, the Capital District and the Buffalo region, sources said.

Officials estimate at least 1 million semiautomatic rifles are owned in the state. And come April 15, 2014 — when Cuomo is expected to be running for re-election — they all have to be registered with the State Police.

But authorities don’t know who has them or where they are located because the rifles have been legal but unregistered until now.

State officials will be nervously watching the registration figures to see how many gun owners comply, sources said.

“Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ said a Cuomo-administration source who added that officials expect “widespread violations’’ of the new law. Owners who refuse to register could face a class-A misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in prison. The unregistered weapon could also be confiscated, which could be worth several thousands of dollars.

National Rifle Association President David Keene told The Post yesterday that he wasn’t surprised by the planned boycott: “While we don’t get involved in campaigns to resist the law, I will say this: Historic experience here and in Canada shows that when you try to force gun owners into a registration and licensing system, there’s usually mass opposition and mass noncompliance. I think it’s going to be very difficult for the governor to get mass compliance with this new law.”

The organizers point to a little-known guarantee of gun ownership contained in New York’s own “Civil Rights Law,” which was ratified the same year as the U.S. Constitution. The state statute says the right to keep and bear arms “cannot be infringed” — words that are stronger than the Second Amendment, which says it “shall not be infringed.’’

“They’re saying, ‘F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We’re not going to register our guns,’ and I think they’re serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,’’ said State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, a member of the NRA board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.’’

~Eowyn

Demagogue

Today’s Dictionary Lesson

cuomoDemagogue |ˈdeməˌgäg| noun
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

This concludes today’s dictionary lesson.

Rich Wall St. Republicans Enabled NY Gay Marriage Law

Gay marriage advocates cheer in the NY Senate gallery

On the night of June 23, 2011, at five minutes before midnight, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — a Democrat and nominal Roman Catholic — signed the gay marriage bill. With that, New York became the 6th and largest state in America to legalize gay marriage, joining Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Washington, D.C.

Andrew Cuomo

What made possible the passage of the bill is the critical role played by Republicans — both in the NY state Senate and at large.

Last November 2010, Democrats lost their majority in the NY state Senate. On the night of June 23, 2011, however, four Republicans (Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie, Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, Roy McDonald of Saratoga Springs, James Alesi of Rochester) joined 29 Democrats to give the gay marriage bill one more vote than needed to pass, by a margin of 33 to 29.

But the votes of those four Republican senators had been bought by wealthy Republican donors.

As recounted by Michael Barbaro of the New York Times, June 25, 2011, a few weeks before the bill’s passage, two of Cuomo’s most trusted advisers held a secret meeting  with “a group of super-rich Republican donors.” In the 35th-floor conference room of a Manhattan highrise, “over tuna and turkey sandwiches,” the advisers asked for the GOP moneymen to help win over the deciding Senate Republicans by promising to insulate, with their money and power, the senators from a conservative backlash.

Paul Singer

The Wall Street moneybags in the room included billionaire and hedge fund founder Paul Singer, whose son is gay, and hedge fund managers Cliff Asness and Daniel Loeb.

Within days of that secret meeting, the wealthy Republicans sent back word:

Cliff Asness

They were on board. Each of them cut six-figure checks to the lobbying campaign that eventually totaled more than $1 million.

And so, as Barbaro puts it, the gay marriage bill succeeded because of the “behind the scenes” machinations. In Barbaro’s words:

Daniel Loeb

“[I]t was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition. And it was about a Democratic governor, himself a Catholic, who used the force of his personality and relentlessly strategic mind to persuade conflicted lawmakers to take a historic leap.”

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We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar[…]

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

~T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men” (1925)

~Eowyn