Prop 57, Tripling Down on Public Safety Failure

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Ask anyone in law enforcement and they will tell you that Proposition 57 is NOT a solution, and instead it is a total nightmare.  Prop 57 is not a solution designed to make society safer.  Simply put, this is a plan designed to fix a poorly run state’s budget shortfalls and overcrowded prisons by releasing even more convicted felons.  Governor Jerry Brown, the man pushing this bill, is spending billions of tax dollars on a high speed train to nowhere because he likes trains* and has to figure out some way to attempt to balance the budget.

Thus far, over the last several years, Brown has released multiple thousands of convicted felons onto the public streets, and both previous times, he labeled it as a “public safety measure.”

The first step was when he signed AB 109, or the “Prison Realignment” bill into law.  It was touted as a way to “reduce overcrowding, costs and recidivism.”  Because it has been proven that releasing inmates early, lessening their punishments, reduces recidivism?  No, no it hasn’t.

The passing of AB 109 nearly instantly led to an increase in the crime rate.  Some very violent criminals were released under AB 109 because their current reason for incarceration did not qualify as a “violent” crime.  Not surprisingly, many criminals released under AB 109 went on to commit very violent crimes, including assaults, shootings and murders.  There are plenty of sources documenting this, and news stories documenting some of the more heinous crimes committed by these released prisoners (except the stories notably rarely mentioned their early releases or ties to AB 109), but you have to go out and look for them as the people responsible for passing this travesty of justice sure aren’t going to let you know about it.

The next step was Prop 47 which Brown supported and the voters of California were duped into passing.  I say duped because sadly, most voters are too lazy to read the actual bill and vote purely based on the name assigned to the bill.  Not surprisingly, the CA DOJ, run by Kamala Harris, a fellow democrat and friend to Brown, is responsible for the name the bill receives in the voting pamphlet and on the ballots**.  When you name a bill, which will essentially decriminalizes many felonies, which prevents law enforcement from arresting thieves and burglars, which reduces theft of or possession of a stolen gun from a felony to a misdemeanor thus preventing cops from arresting the gun criminal, and which eventually leads to the release of thousands and thousands MORE convicted felons back onto the streets, when you title that bill the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” you are very clearly lying to the public in order to get the bill passed.  Yet that is exactly what Kamala Harris did, and now she is running for US Senate…

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The very day that bill passed, I predicted in writing that crime was going to increase dramatically.  Here we are a couple years later and sadly, I was exactly right, which the FBI has confirmed.  Since the passage of Prop 47, violent crime in California has skyrocketed.  In just one year, the violent crime rate jumped 12% in California.  While the liberal politicians responsible for this bill and even some media outlets refuse to draw the blatantly clear correlation between that rise in crime and Prop 47, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out when there are more criminals on the streets, more crime is bound to occur.  Heck, all one need do to find that out is to Google “prop 47 increased crime” and you will get an ample supple of scary reading material, likely far more than you want to read.

Which brings us to where we are now, with more criminals on the streets, a climbing overall crime rate, a skyrocketing violent crime rate, and in response to all that, Governor Moonbeam is pushing a proposition that will release even more convicted felons?

Yes, that is exactly what Brown is doing.  Talk about tripling down on failure!

And yet again, his buddy Kamala Harris is right there helping him out with the EXTREMELY misleading name for the proposition, the “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.”   Conveniently, for the benefit of the uneducated, lazy California voters, that name sounds like a no-brainer.

Proposition 57, which is heavily backed by Jerry Brown, will release 7,000 more “nonviolent offenders” and will take the option of trying certain juvenile offenders charged with certain crimes as adults away from the district attorney and place that decision in the hands of a judge.  You know, because coddling the criminals is working out so well for us as it is…

Also, just in case you were wondering what qualifies as a nonviolent offense under Prop 57, here are some of the “nonviolent” crimes:

  • Rape by intoxication
  • Rape of an unconscious person
  • Human Trafficking involving sex acts with minors
  • Domestic Violence involving trauma
  • Failing to register as a sex offender
  • Lewd acts against a child
  • Drive-by shooting
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Hostage taking
  • Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school
  • Supplying a firearm to a gang member
  • Hate crime causing physical injury
  • Arson
  • Discharging a firearm on school grounds
  • False imprisonment of an elder through violence

All of this should leave one wondering, “Who in the hell is pushing this?”  If you are wondering that, as I was, following the money is the quickest way to find that out.  Thankfully, with the advent of the internet, that is not nearly as difficult as task as it once was.  By visiting the CA Secretary of State website, you can find out who is supporting this measure monetarily.  Looking at the four committees listed, one is clearly donating the most money.  The “Yes on Prop 57, Californians for Public Safety and Rehabilitation” (what a total crock for a name!) committee has donated over $6.9 million.  By the way, try Google searching that committee name and see what you find, or more accurately, don’t find.

Digging into that committee further on the Secretary of State webpage, you can find out where all that money is coming from.  Not so shockingly, or maybe it is, the overwhelming vast majority of that money ($4,138,764.06) came from one source, “GOVERNOR BROWN’S BALLOT MEASURE COMMITTEE.”  A few other sources should not surprise you, such as the “CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY” and “CALIFORNIA STATE COUNCIL OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES ISSUES COMMITTEE.”

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Now that you know who is supporting the bill, take a look at who is opposing it.  Just a list of a whole bunch of people who have the actual public safety in mind, like district attorneys, and sheriffs, not to mention a metric crap load of us working, line level cops.   Here is the major difference though, this is a bunch of civil servants who do not have millions of dollars to throw at the election like Brown and the Democrats do.

Folks, please, for the sake of all our safety, help us help you.  Vote NO on Prop 57!

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Footnotes

* “You’ll always have critics (say), ‘Why spend the money?’ ” he added later. “My inclination is not to spend anything. But on the other hand, I like trains. I like clean air. I like to protect as much of the land as we possibly can. And I like to enjoy the comfort of trains.” – BBC Dialogues: Jerry Brown & California High-Speed Rail

** “One of the many responsibilities of the Attorney General is to prepare a title and summary for proposed initiative measures prior to the circulation of qualification petitions.”Ballot Initiatives

ICBM Logic

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Banning “Assault Weapons” is like Swatting a Fly with a 100 Mega Ton ICBM

The left is constantly droning on about the need to ban the AR-15 because they are “often used to kill mass amounts of people” and they are “the favorite weapon of mass shooters,” but do those claims stand up to logical scrutiny?  Let us examine the situation, and do so using the numbers that those who seek to ban the guns use (I don’t necessarily agree that their numbers are remotely accurate).

So, just how many evil AR-15’s are out there in private hands?  Since that number is not really tracked, for a number of reasons, there are estimations.  Slate magazine published an article shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre happened in which they attempted to analyze how many AR-15’s were in the US at that time.

“Add everything together, make all the necessary caveats, carry the two, and we reach the conclusion that there are somewhere around 3,750,000 AR-15-type rifles in the United States today.” (December, 2012)

Now, personally, I think this number is probably low.  It does not account for home built rifles built from 80% lowers, and this article four years old, written before there was a HUGE boom in the AR-15 market (that coincided with the huge push from the left to ban them).  I would actually estimate that number to be closer to 5 million, but I will just go with their numbers as doing so boosts their (very weak) argument, not mine.

Next, we need to look at all the mass shootings that were accomplished using AR-15’s.  For the sake of argument, and because the left includes them when they really should not, I will also include the terrorist attacks in which the terrorists used an AR-15.

It was very difficult to find any articles (from liberal sources) that actually examined the frequency with which the AR-15 is used in mass shootings.  Google search after google search revealed all sorts of articles claiming (inaccurately) that the AR-15 is the “weapon of choice” for mass shooters.  Only one article actually examined the numbers.

An article from June, 2016 on “Bustle” (never heard of it before today) looked at how many mass shootings involved an AR-15.  As I was unaware of this website and whether or not it leaned left, I read the article to get a feel.  It took all of two paragraphs to figure out that it is most definitely left leaning.  The author used numbers from Mother Jones’ “Mass Shooting Tracker” to come up with their numbers, and he accurately pointed out that in fact, most “mass shootings” were accomplished using handguns, not AR-15’s like the rest of the liberal media claims.  Additionally, the author did indeed note that some weapons referred to by the mainstream media were indeed NOT AR-15’s, he still included ALL incidents involving “assault weapons” and not just those accomplished with an AR-15, like the title of his article said he was going to.  Still, we are using the left’s numbers so let’s run with it.

“Of the 48 total mass shootings since 2004, 13 featured semiautomatic or assault rifles.”

So, now that we know how many AR-15’s there are, and how many “mass shootings” they were used in over a twelve year period, let’s take a look at (what should be) the most important factor in determining if something should be banned:  what is the percentage of the product being misused?

13 ÷ 3,750,000 = 0.0000035

To put that in a more easily recognizable statement, using the numbers provided by liberals who want to ban them, an AR-15 stands a 0.00035% chance that is going to be used in a mass shooting.  That is only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent.  Who logically argues for a law based on those sorts of numbers?

Now, to make the lunacy of this desire to ban “assault weapons” even more apparent, since they included all “assault weapons” in the total number of mass shootings, we should logically look at how many “assault weapons” there are in the US.  The list of weapons that politicians have deemed “assault weapons” is rather lengthy, and despite the left’s desire to ban them, I was unable to find any article produced by a leftist publication that gave an estimate for how many of them there are in private hands, although there were plenty claim that the US is “saturated” with them.

Since I could not find a liberal source estimating the numbers, I am forced to use what is likely deemed a “pro-gun” article as it is the only one I can find offering an estimate.  According to the information provided on “Goal,” there are between 20-30 million “assault rifles” in private ownership in the US at the time that article was written (sadly, there is no publication date).  Using the smaller estimated number, the ridiculousness of the argument becomes even more apparent.

13 ÷ 20,000,000 = 0.00000065

In other words, there is a 0.000065% chance that one of the 20 million assault rifles in private hands in the US will be used in a mass shooting.  Knowing that, if you still want to ban “assault weapons” then it is plainly clear that logic has no place in your thought process.

 

NFL & The Dallas Cowboys

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A number of folks have sent in comments and questions about the NFL not allowing the Dallas Cowboys to put their “Arm in Arm” sticker on their helmets.  I’m going to share my thoughts, which I am sure will ruffle some feathers.

First, let me start by saying I am about as much NOT a football fan as you can possibly be.  The last (and only) Superbowl I watched was in 1990, and I have no idea who played.  For that matter, that was also the last televised football game I watched.  It is not that I dislike football, I love playing, I just don’t watch sports on TV, any sport, unless it involves an internal combustion engine and tires, and then, only if they turn both ways.

Now, down to business:  When I initially read that the NFL was refusing to let the Dallas Cowboys put that sticker on their helmet I was PISSED!  I thought, and still do, that the idea behind the sticker was fantastic, and I seriously am grateful to the Cowboys for the thought.

That said, I think the decision by the NFL is 100% correct, and it is totally consistent with their past decisions on similar issues.  Or at least that is my understanding from what I have read.  Let me explain.

The NFL has very strict guidelines about the uniforms the players wear, all the way down to the black stuff some players put under their eyes to help with glare.  Stickers that are not team or NFL related are not allowed.  In the past, players have even gotten in trouble for wearing something promoting such positive movements or activities as breast cancer awareness.  Bearing that in mind, it is absolutely consistent that the NFL rules the way they did in this case.

Also, consider the alternative.  The NFL allows the Cowboys to but this sticker on their helmet.  That would mean they would have to allow Saint Louis to put “Black Lives Matter” stickers on their helmets (if they so chose).  Later on, some other team decides to put a “Fuck the Police” sticker on their helmet, the NFL would have to allow that, or they would be called out for discriminating against one side or the other.  The only logical decision to avoid that is the one they made, to not allow any stickers.
-Matt

Mainstream Media is the Real Enemy

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WTF kind of BS is this? What is the mainstream media trying to do to this country?  It is stories like this, headlines like these that are causing all of the problems in America right now.  If you have not heard of Korryn Gaines yet, you will very soon.

Reading these headlines, you are left wondering why the horrible evil cops would have dared to shoot this woman, let alone her poor 5 year old son.  What horrible sons of bitches those asshole cops are, right?

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By just reading these headlines, you would think that the cops just shot her.  You would never even guess this woman was pointing a gun at the cops, and fired that gun at them, but she was and she did. While they mention that in some of these articles, they still make the cops out to be the bad guys.

We need to get something straight.  The public absolutely needs to understand this one simple fact:

It is the suspect’s actions that predicate law enforcement’s responses, period.

  • Gaines chose not to not go to court for her resisting arrest and traffic charges.
  • She chose to not answer the door and instead chose to barricade herself inside her apartment when the cops came to her house with an arrest warrant.
  • She chose to arm herself with a gun and refuse to comply, even after the cops made entry into the apartment.
  • She chose to point the gun at the cops while holding her 5 year old son in her lap as a human shield (mother of the freaking year right there!).
  • Gaines chose to threaten to kill the cops with the gun she was pointing at them.
  • She chose to shoot at the cops.

But somehow this is the cops’ fault? WTF?!?!

Screw the media!

I was only able to find one single media outlet with a headline that truly captures what occurred.  Thank you to the Dallas Morning News!

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We have a huge problem in America right now, but the problem is NOT the cops, it is the mainstream media who is manipulating large segments of the population.
-Matt

Google Goes Cop Bashing

Google apparently did not want to be left behind by the mainstream media and has decided to join in on all the cop bashing.  Not to be outdone by misreported stories about police brutality, Google has decided to throw law enforcement under the bus in the definition of at least one word, possibly more.

Please note the example listed (circled in red) for the word “trap” in the following screen grab:

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Seriously Google?  As if law enforcement is not under fire enough in the news, now I have to look forward to my profession being attacked in dictionary definitions of words?  This is entirely unacceptable!

If you are so inclined, please use the “Feedback” option like I did and let Google know what you think.

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UPDATE:  It would appear that Google (as does Bing) uses the Oxford Dictionary as the source of their definitions.  However, unlike Google, the Oxford Dictionary website does not have the option of reporting or offering feedback so I still suggest reporting it to Google.  Google can choose to pass it on to them, or they could choose to use a different online dictionary as the source of their definitions.