How to fix the mess in Ferguson

Think that dealing with a heavily-armed police force is something that’s happened only in a world of M4′s and MRAP’s? 

Think again. 

The English dealt with this same issue almost 200 years ago, and Sir Robert Peel laid out nine rules to help society and an armed law enforcement play nice together. 

  1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
  2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
  3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
  4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
  5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
  6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
  7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
  8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
  9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

How many of those rules did the Ferguson Police Department and the St. Louis Sheriff’s Department break in the last 72 hours? Pretty much all of them.

 
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August 14th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Oh Captain! My Captain!

In 1989, I was attending Mesa Community College, pursing a degree in Journalism. I was a photographer on the student newspaper and for the first time in life, part of the cool kids crowd. 

I had spent the last ten years wrapped up in the world of role-playing games, hanging out with geeks into the wee hours of morning talking about, well, nothing, and going nowhere. I had spent the ten years before that as a shy nerd, living the life of the classic underachiever. 

But not in 1989. That year, the caterpillar became a butterfly. All the creativity, all the energy, all the passion that had been bottled up inside of me came out. And there was Robin Williams, the man I knew as Mork, cheering me on. 

This scene, I can say with some authority, changed my life. I had spent literally decades avoiding my emotions, and now the man who helped me laugh my way through the Carter administration was telling me my passions could be harnessed to help enrich my life. 

And now he’s gone, a victim of the same passions that drove him to success. Farewell, Robin, the world is much more beige without you. 

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
 
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August 11th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Do you think we’ll see more or less of this sort of thing in the coming months?

As some of you know, I’ve moved my family to a small town in Missouri in order to run the marketing for Osage County Guns. Yesterday, we decided to take a break from life in the country and drove into St. Louis to visit the Gateway Arch and check out the Mississippi River. We wandered about the levee, snapped some good photos and my wife and kids  checked out the visitor center while I waited outside.

Why? Because since 9/11, the visitor’s center at the Gateway Arch is a “gun free” zone that bans weapons and has a metal detector set up at the entrance. I had my 9mm Shield with me, along with spare ammo, two knives, (a Boker AK-74 and a Gerber Profile), a multi-tool with a knife blade (Gerber Crucial) and pepper spray, so there was no way I was getting through that checkpoint. Even though I’ve had 200+ hours of firearms training and am an NRA-Certified Instructor myself, to the National Parks Service, I am just as dangerous as a thug on the street.

I didn’t mind the wait that much: I sat outside and edited photos on my phone while the rest of the family toured the center, then we all returned to our car and drove back home to our sleepily little town in the middle of the state.

Meanwhile, twenty miles away from the Arch, this was going on.

Why I carry.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A day of anger over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people looted businesses, vandalized vehicles and confronted police in riot gear who tried to block access to parts of the city.

The tensions erupted after a candlelight vigil Sunday night for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after a scuffle involving the officer, Brown and another person in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city.

Several businesses near the shooting scene were looted, including a convenience store, a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. People took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.

Carrying a pistol with you everyday is a pain: They’re heavy, hard to conceal and require you to make changes in your wardrobe and lifestyle. And yesterday, every single one of those hardships was worth its weight in gold. If I had of known about the riots, I might have altered what we did yesterday, and because we were driving my wife’s car and not my car, my get-home bag and trunk gun, (a Kel-Tec SU-16C) were not available to me which I would MUCH preferred to have with me in such a situation.

Fortunately, I didn’t need to use any of that gear, much less the stuff I had with me. But knowing now that if, God forbid, the worst happened and we got caught up in a mess like a local riot, knowing we could do more than scream and run away is a very good thing indeed. 

 
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August 11th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Major Frank Burns Reacts to the Hobby Lobby Ruling

“Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.” 

- Maj. Frank Burns, M*A*S*H

“Ditto.”

- The American Left Wing

 
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June 30th, 2014 by KevinC

Sea change?

When Republicans, led by Arizona’s own Barry Goldwater, told President Nixon that the GOP was ready to join the Democrats and begin impeachment proceedings, Nixon knew the gig was up. 

Are we seeing that same sense of self-preservation kick in with the Democrats and the IRS scandal? Maybe

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says “the investigation needs to continue” into possible wrongdoing at the IRS — a position that puts her at odds with many fellow Democrats.
In an interview Tuesday night, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren noted that President Obama has called allegations the IRS targeted conservative groups a “phony scandal.” Van Susteren added a simple question: “Is it a phony scandal?”
“Well, I think that any time the IRS is involved, for many people, it’s a real scandal,” Clinton began. “And I think, though, that there are some challenges that rightly need to be made to what is being said, and I assume that the inquiry will continue.”

Maybe this is just Hillary putting distance between herself and the SS Obamic, and if it is, I expect to see many more Democrats in purple-ish districts wake up to the fact that it’s their necks on the line, not Obama’s and call for more investigation and a Special Prosecutor. 

Or maybe they’ll ask for an investigation because it’s the right thing to do. One can always hope. 

 
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June 18th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Treason Is The Highest Form Of Duty

Obama Mirror

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.”

- Colonel Nathan R. Jessup 

“The Bergdahl case reveals a disturbing gap between the White House and military culture. After Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers corrected the administration’s false narrative, anonymous White House aides accused them of engaging in ‘Swift-boating.’ Consider that a moment. While the White House (still) claims that Bergdahl served with ‘honor,’ aides now impugn the motives of those who served beside him — and who stayed at their posts. Particularly in a time of war, why are these attacks not a firing offense?” 

- Michael Gerson

To answer Mr. Gerson, in the minds of Susan Rice, John Kerry and Barack Hussein Obama, those attacks are NOT a “fireable offense” because a) they are not attacks and b) they represent something that is more honourable than service to one’s country, they represent “being true to yourself”, a goal far more noble than mere sacrifice for a cause. 

 As many others have pointed out, our current Commander-In-Chief lives, breathes and eats narcissism. Every historical event that happens on his watch is about him. He believes he’s a better at everyone around him at, well, everything, and is qualified (if not OVER-qualified) to do any job in his administration (except make a jumpshot, that is…). When a young man in the Army decides that his own personal beliefs are more important than keeping his team members alive and healthy, it is only natural that Obama doesn’t see that as an act of betrayal, but as an act of courage. I mean, it’s not like his Secretary of State walked away from HIS unit at a time of war, or something. 

Oh, wait. 

For years, if not decades, we’ve been told by liberals that it’s not the soldier who sacrifices his life for his teammates who acts heroic, but rather it’s the soldier who stands up and says that his fellow soldiers are “baby killers” who are the REAL heroes. Personal convictions trump duty to country every single time, unless said duty is to become a “community organizer” or something not in the military, then it’s Our Civic Duty to pitch in and forego that high-paying job on Wall Street, for the good of the bureaucracy country. 

It’s not that Obama and company don’t understand the military, it’s that they don’t understand sacrifice to something larger than themselves, because in their world, there is NOTHING larger than themselves. 

 
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June 11th, 2014 by exurbankevin

It’s not us, it’s you.

The Obama administration’s new attempt to spin away their decision to free five Taliban generals in return for one American soldier deserter may seem as stupid as the decision to make the trade, but it makes sense. 

From a liberal point of view

White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a deserter, and that they would be grilled over not keeping Congress in the loop. But they figured people would be most outraged over the national security implications. 

The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.

The new approach: Frame the criticism as another example of Republicans complaining about something just because Obama was the one to do it.

The key thing to remember is that this approach is not for public consumption. The reason for this new spin is the same reason that everything else that happens in modern progressivism, it’s to make the people who back the President feel good about themselves, and to hell with the rest of us and/or the country itself. As long as the people who grew up winning medals for participation and played score-less soccer feel good about what they’re doing, those actions are good. It’s not that Obama is a feckless narcissist who is willing to let Americans die in order to cover up his mistakes, it’s that Republicans don’t like it, therefore, it must be good, and his (few) supporters can support that. 

And if people die making those good feelings happen, that’s of no importance. It’s all about ME.

 
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June 4th, 2014 by exurbankevin

If you’re coming here from Cam & Co…

Welcome. This is the political side of Exurban League, and as you can tell, I’m pretty bored with politics right now. 

The post Cam mentioned on-air is over on my gun blog, Misfires and Light Strikes. I post every day over there, because guns are a lot more fun that politics. 

Less noisy, too.

 
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May 14th, 2014 by KevinC

Oh, yeah, Robb?

Close a thread, will you? Lock down comments, will you? Did you lock down pingbacks?

Build a better mousetrap, and all that… :)

 
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April 8th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Do All Gun Control Proponents Want To Be Gun Runners

Based on a sample size of one, I’d say yes

A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms.

ee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of getting them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

Muslim terrorists, illegal gun running and a California legislator pivotal in creating California’s some of draconian anti-gun legislation. Honestly, who needs drugs when reality is this messed up?

 
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March 26th, 2014 by exurbankevin