I sometimes wonder if the people writing mainstream media headlines bother to read the story beneath their header. Oh sure, they get the general gist of it. But I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve encountered an anti-gun headline above a story that didn’t accurately reflect the content. The cbs58.com headline above – Anonymous gun tip lines helping police confiscate more illegal weapons – is the best ever example of just how biased and plain old wrong a header can be. I’ll cut to the chase . . .
One month after [Milwaukee, Wisconsin] Mayor Barrett announced his anonymous gun tip line, [Milwaukee Police Chief Ed] Flynn says that system has taken only 45 calls and hasn’t lead to a substantial lead.
That little factoid comes to our attention in paragraph ten, following nine paragraphs of intentionally misleading misegos. Not to go all non-linear narrative on you, here’s the wind-up:
Police in Racine and Milwaukee say anonymous tip lines have played a big part in boosting the number of illegal guns confiscated this year. But the totals are also giving us an alarming glimpse of just how many guns are out there.
“We count on them and they know that,” Racine Police Sergeant Jessie Metoyer said.
A beneficial relationship forming between Racine Police and the people they protect.
Sergeant Metoyer points to the number of illegal guns officers have taken off the streets as proof. Through June 30, police captured 101 guns, including one Monday, carried by a convicted felon. That’s up nearly 70 percent from last year.
“Increase in community members giving us solid information, calling right away when they see shot fired incidents or suspicious people who they think have guns,” Metoyer said.
Racine’s anonymous Crime Stopper tip line and text services have been busy in 2014, helping police make more arrests after, what they call, a relatively violent spring and early summer.
“There are a lot of guns out there,” Metoyer said. “I think there’s probably more out there right now than we’ve seen in other years.”
In Milwaukee, police know just how true that is.
“Our efforts to get illegal guns off the streets are unrelenting, notwithstanding the status of the hot line,” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.
Notwithstanding. In other words, the gun snitch line doesn’t work and runs the risk of false accusations leading to unnecessary investigations into law-abiding citizens and potential SWATting (yes, there is that), but the police like the idea and the media love the police so . . . hurray for the Gun Tip Line!
Of course, if Milwaukee ever devolves into a full police state, that tip line would come in mighty handy. Just sayin’ . . .