The libs’ hare-brained policies are a killer.
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Liberal Law Enforcement: Deadly Not Serious
The New York Post asked soon after the shooting why a certifiable madman like Jared Loughner was free to walk into a store and buy a gun and ammunition. I can answer that too. Soon after the shooting, Tucson’s very own Inspector Clouseau, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, reported that the shooter Jared Loughner had several previous interactions with local law enforcement during which death threats were made. But there is apparently no police record on Loughner, or at least on these incidents.
Under the law enforcement leadership of Clarence Dupnik, it appears that officers in Tucson responding to lawbreaking can be threatened with death by the suspect, and no one takes it seriously enough to even record it. Wouldn’t want to mess up the future of a promising young man who may be just another victim of society. But if these local officers had made a more serious record of Loughner’s transgressions, that would have been the foundation for denying him the purchase of a gun and ammo.
Moreover, Arizona has strong laws for treating the mentally ill. Rich Lowry reports in his column last Saturday that courts in the state can order treatment for someone who is “persistently and acutely disabled” and who is “likely to benefit from treatment.” Loughner had clearly established a record to qualify for this. He was suspended and barred from Pima Community College because he appeared to be a threat to others due to his mental instability. The threat was so obvious to one student that in class she sat “by the door with my purse handy” so she could get out fast when the shooting began, as Krauthammer reported in his column last week.
Why was the threat not obvious to Inspector Jacques Dupnik? Why did he never seek a court order to mandate treatment for Loughner, or commitment to a mental institution if he did not comply? There was enough evidence at least to take Loughner into custody for a psychiatric examination. If Dupnik had done his job, Loughner’s massacre would never have happened.
Instead, taking the cue from Krugman, the hyperpartisan Dupnik took to the national airwaves with his own polluting political rhetoric condemning the Tea Party, conservative talk radio, the Republicans, Sarah Palin, and others. Explaining on Fox News what may have prompted the killer’s actions, Dupnik theorized, “There was a lot of vitriolic statements made on radio and TV…and some of the vitriol got a lot of people agitated.” When Fox News anchor Megan Kelly asked for evidence of that, Dupnik indicated that was what he was investigating.
Later in the interview, the crack investigator explained the problem, “We have one political party trying to block the attempts of another party to make this a better country.” But he said in defense of his comments, “I am not sure it has anything to do with politics.” At an immigration forum in September, Dupnik seemed to be whipping up the masses himself, accusing the Tea Party of racism, again without any evidence.
Dupnik even blamed his own Arizona constituents for the dead and wounded, instead of taking responsibility himself. On the day of the shooting, he ran out at a press conference to explain,
“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government — the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
But as Fox News legal analyst Peter J. Johnston, Jr. said last week, Dupnik’s political comments could compromise the prosecution of Loughner. Johnson explained that Dupnik’s “intemperate” statements were “not within the realm of criminal justice or in the scope of his duty as a sheriff and may be contributing to the insanity defense of the defendant.” Expect the defense to cite Dupnik’s statements to argue that Loughner’s massacre was “provoked or precipitated or assisted by the political climate in the United States and the statements of some officials in the Republican Party and in the media,” as Johnson put it.
Stuart Schwartz explained Dupnik’s hapless record of law enforcement last week at the American Thinker website:
The citizens of Pima County are up to their necks in crime, especially when compared to neighboring Maricopa County. Thirty years of hyperpartisan Democrat-led law enforcement have resulted in the highest crime rates in Arizona. The citizen who lives in Pima County, compared to media-reviled Joe Arpaio’s territory just next door, will have almost three times the chance of being murdered; is more than seven times as likely to be raped; is more than six times as likely to be assaulted; and more than seven times as likely to have experienced a property crime such as burglary, arson or car theft.”
But as Robert Knight reported in the Washington Times last week, the citizens of Pima County do have an immediate solution. The Arizona Constitution specifically provides for the recall of elected officials like Sheriff Dupnik. Article VIII, Part 1 states:
Every public officer in the state of Arizona holding an elective office, either by election or appointment, is subject to recall from such office by the qualified electors of the electoral district from which the candidates are elected to such office.
The Tea Party in Pima County can prove that it is not intimidated by moving expeditiously to circulate petitions calling for the recall of Dupnik for his scandalous law enforcement failures. That would require the signatures of 25% of the voters in the last election, or about 90,000.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online