Governance By Memo

27 07 2015

Washington, D.C.

Before we fly off the handle.

I think I have a better explanation for what’s going on here.  As we all try to solve the very vexing and common problem of 90 year old Social Security recipients who are so out of it that they need representative payees for their checks yet somehow have the ability to on shooting rampages.

In January 2013, President Obama issued 23 “executive orders” on firearms policy that turned out to be mostly suggestions.  I think that some important bureaucrat in the Social Security Administration must have read one or more of the executive suggestions, and took all this time to figure out what his or her agency could hypothetically do in response.  And one of those things was considering all SSA representative payee beneficiaries to be mentally incompetent.

It’s quite a long way between that and actual enforcement.

A Drastic Pandemic Problem That Needs Solving

20 07 2015

Washington, D.C.

Nonagenarians who are so physically and mentally feeble that they need representative payees for their Social Security checks yet somehow have the energy and ability to go on shooting sprees.  It happens way too often.

Thank goodness we have someone like Baraq Obama who is finally going to do something about it.

Remembering Things, More People Should Try It.

20 07 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Slay, Dotson, Joyce, and just about everyone of civic prominence and importance in this town is preaching gloom and doom and disaster if SCOMO doesn’t find state level absolute felon in possession laws to be square with Amendment 5.

I wrote in this space four days ago:

…even though before Amendment 5, the state’s felon in possession laws were hardly ever enforced.  Felon in possession raps, then and now, almost always fall to the Feds.

To add some clarity to that, I’m wondering why everyone in this town is so antsy pantsy about having a state level absolute felon in possession law when I don’t recall it ever being used that much, maybe except as an add on charge as plea bargain fodder.

But then I remembered something else:  Until 2007, Missouri’s actual felon in possession law was not absolute itself.  It only disallowed felons to possess firearms during their probation.  Once they were off papers, they were good to go.  In theory only, because the Feds’ felon in possession law has been absolute since it was enacted in 1968.  What happened in 2007 is that the General Assembly made the state’s felon in possession law absolute at the same time it got rid of the ridiculous permit to purchase scheme.

Therefore, the time period before the state’s felon in possession law was made absolute in August 2007 must have been the end of the world.  Right?

I think the source of the anxiety is that Joyce and Dotson know that even if the state level absolute prohibition remains, that it’s not going to result in waves of ex-felons found to be in possession of guns filling up state prisons.  It’s not like there’s that much room in state prisons anyway.  No, what they want is for yet another technical process crime relating to felons and firearms to exist to use as plea bargain fodder.


Paywalled Garden

17 07 2015


PJ Media:

Concealed-Carry Permits for Women Up 270% since 2007

A study from the Crime Prevention Research Center has evidence that “legally-possessed handguns deter crime, rather than contribute to it.”  John Lott, president of the CPRC, said that the huge increase in the number of conceal permits shows that attitudes among Americans towards firearms are changing.

Yesterday, I shared a study that “debunks the myth of defensive gun use. ” That study is locked behind a paywall but was promoted by a media front for the gun-grabbers at  Everytown for Gun Safety. (I read that stuff so you don’t have to.)

Hold that thought.

Ann Coulter:

The two researchers whose work is cited over and over again for the proposition that immigrants are less criminal than Americans are Alex Piquero, criminology professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Bianca Bersani, sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Pew cites their studies–and everyone in the media cites Pew, leading to headlines like these:


I looked up some of these alleged studies this weekend. They’re all hidden behind ridiculous Internet paywalls. I was often only the sixth person to read them.

It turns out that neither Piquero nor Bersani compared immigrant crime to “the overall population”–as the British Guardian recently claimed in an article purporting to prove Donald Trump wrong. Rather, they compare immigrants’ crime rate to the crime rate of America’s most criminally inclined subgroups.

What’s the moral of this post?

When you keep hearing the media and advocacy groups parroting the results of research that is behind internet paywalls or difficult to access otherwise, get suspicious.

We Have Liftoff

16 07 2015


Two stories from yesterday.

First, various city civic leaders want SCOMO to make state “felon in possession” laws square with Amendment 5.  Which I think they eventually will, even though before Amendment 5, the state’s felon in possession laws were hardly ever enforced.  Felon in possession raps, then and now, almost always fall to the Feds.

Second, as a follow up to a story I covered here yesterday:

Police Chief Sam Dotson said last month that he was taking more cases to the feds, citing the increase in violence and concerns about an amendment to the Missouri Constitution. St. Louis officials say Amendment 5, passed last year, makes it difficult to get charges to stick against convicted felons caught with guns.

Now, in previous stories like these, Joyce and Dotson eventually get around to admitting that the far bigger factors are the Democrat-appointed white liberal and black judges on the 22nd, and nullification-happy black jurors.  But you read those things deep down in the paragraph count of those articles, because neither Joyce nor Dotson really have a big incentive to scream those things from the mountaintop.  Joyce’s ACAs conduct prosecutions and other business in the courtrooms of those judges, and Dotson’s cops often testify in those same courtrooms.  So of course Joyce and Dotson aren’t going to do too much judge bashing.  As far as citing black jury nullification?  In our day and age?  In this city?  Fugghedabowdit.

What this all means is that, at least until SCOMO takes up the matter, we officially have liftoff of the official easy to blame consequence-free excuse for black crime in the city of St. Louis.  Amendment 5.

Who’s Carrying?

7 07 2015

Granite City

CST mulls over Illinois CCW data.

They find that in the city of Chicago itself, the zip codes with the highest number of permits issues are high crime or have a lot of retired cops.

The Illinois zip code with the most number of permits issued:

The state’s No. 1 ZIP code for concealed-carry permits is 62040 in Granite City in southwest Illinois. That city — just north of St. Louis and across the Mississippi River from embattled Ferguson, Missouri — is a steel town. Most of the residents are white, according to the U.S. census. There are 808 residents with permits there.

It’s not just across the river from “embattled Ferguson,” it’s just north of East St. Louis and surrounding bellcurvey communities, with no river between them.  Also, Granite City itself isn’t as white as it used to be.

Since this mentions Michael Pfleger, he’s in the news for another gun-related reason.  Maybe he and these villages can settle out of court, in that the villages will fund the construction of high barb wired electrified fencing around the black areas of Chicago, so that the evil guns from the evil suburbs can’t make their way into Chicago and therefore can’t disproportionately impact the lives of blacks.  I don’t think the blacks of Chicago would mind living inside high barb wired electrified fencing, because they’re probably used to that.

Still the Law of the State

30 06 2015

Jefferson City

Breaking news this afternoon:  SCOMO beats back a challenge to Amendment 5 based on supposedly deceptive ballot language, a challenge that SLPD Chief Sam Dotson was listed as a plaintiff, and they found that the ballot language was not deceptive.  Those are the only grounds that the state Supreme Court could have used to invalidate part of the state Constitution.  It looks to be either a 6-1 or unanimous 7-0 decision, because the only one of the judges to express a dissenting opinion, Richard Teitelman, had an opinion that was part concurring with the majority but part dissenting.  So, I guess one could call this 6.5-0.5.

This case did not deal with any practical applications of Amendment 5 to any real world criminal cases involving firearms offenders.


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