Like many police chiefs with large pensions to protect, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is a bit of a Chicken Little. According to a wisn.com, Ed reckons his officers have never had it so bad. “We have a new generation of offenders who are less socialized and have access to high-quality, high-capacity firearms that they are not reluctant to use.” Less generally speaking, let’s look at those tricky little things called facts. Checking in at disastercenter.com, it seems Wisconsin’s violent crime stats have plateaued since they topped 10,000 incidents per year in 1986. Murders have dropped a bit recently to 144 p.a.—the lowest it’s been since 1988. Not bad for a state with 5.6 million residents, some of which are social misfits with great guns. Anyway . . .
Ed’s back from a junket to D.C. where he was told to get his officers to wear the body armor that Uncle Sam paid for, thank you very much. To celebrate his return, Ed went a little nuts in the quote generation department.
Right now in Wisconsin we’ve got the worst of all worlds. We’ve got open carry. And I’ve seen people literally mugged for their guns. And we have a misdemeanor offense for being caught with a concealed weapon illegally. That’s just dumb. Right now our bad guys are carrying guns with impunity. Until they are as afraid of getting locked up as they are of running into someone with a gun we’re going to keep losing young men to the streets.
Aside from that unsubstantiated remark about Open Carry muggings, whose responsibility is it to change the “normative thought processes of our felon class” [from video above] anyway? Unless Ed’s officers are being knee-capped in the courts, there’s only one person to blame for that particular state of affairs.
Oh, and since Open Carry seems to be such a problem for the safety of law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin, why doesn’t Ed support concealed carry? Then again, this is the same Ed Flynn who admitted to having an affair with reporter Jessica McBride. So he’s no stranger to saying one thing to one person and another to another.