So the Mayor has put the Baltimore police on MANDATORY 12 hour shifts. Other than burning out the police and getting even more of them to quit, what is that going to do?
SCOTUS has specifically stated, the job of the police is to protect society, not the individual. So these 12 hour shifts will get the clean up crew there quicker? Is that the goal? Or just a way to make the Mayor look like the city is “doing something”, because after all, the busted budget is a taxpayer’s problem not theirs.
Now, on to an item that might actually go a long way to fix the problem, easy citizen carry of a concealed weapon. Yes, I know. The horror, only criminals and Baltimore police should be carrying guns (some overlap).
But if we compare Chicago and Houston. Similar sized towns with three major differences.
Chicago is Democrat controlled, quite cold in the winter and has very few citizens allowed to carry guns
Houston is NOT democrat controlled, does not get quite cold in winter and has a HUGE populations of citizens who carry guns
Lets look at homicide rates:
Chicago: in 2012 – 1806 murders — or 38.4 per 100k in a population of 2.7 million
Houston: in 2012 – 207 murders — or 9.6 per 100k in a population of 2.15 million
Lets guess which of those items leads to the difference. Free hint, it’s not the weather.
Guess which of those two cities Baltimore is like? No, you don’t get a second guess.