Crime Fighting by Press Conference
Well, this charade did little to solve gun violence in Baltimore:
The mayors of Baltimore and New York announced Wednesday that the two cities will start sharing information about illegal weapons they seize, creating a database that gets around a congressionally imposed restriction on information local departments can obtain about guns seized outside their borders.
Federal law gives cities only limited access to the national database that tracks guns used in crimes. The mayors hope that other cities along the Interstate 95 corridor will sign on, and by sharing the information they will be able to spot trends in regional gun trafficking that they say are invisible to them under the current system.
“This is the kind of system that the federal government should be doing, but they aren’t,” said New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, speaking at a news conference in the atrium of City Hall. “Cities are fighting crime in isolation. Congress has a treasure trove of data and we are not allowed to see it.”
So….how is this going to stop people from being killed in our streets? It’s not. The use of “illegal guns” by criminals in an illegal fashion is still illegal. Do these liberals really think that by sharing data that they are going to “solve” the use of illegal guns?
If the mayors of these cities, which does include the violence-plagued cities of Baltimore and Annapolis, are so hellbent on fixing crime, let’s actually see something done to fix the problem. Change policing strategies. Get tough on crime. Encourage vigorous prosecution of accused criminals. Implement Project EXILE. And don’t do dumb stuff like buy Segways like they did in Annapolis at the expense of actual crime fighting. Our friend Brian Gill has numerous examples of the idiocy in crime-fighting in Annapolis.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is not interested in solving crime, but is merely a fringe group in favor of further restricting the rights of honest Americans to own firearms. Their discussion of “illegal guns” is nothing more than trying to put lipstick on the pig that is their crime fighting strategies. Many of the cities involved with Bloomberg and his cronies have severe crime problems. Maybe if they spent less time having press conferences and more time trying to fix the problems in their cities, these “illegal guns” wouldn’t make as much of a difference…