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Lanier needs to chill out on legal guns
That seems to be the first and most logical conclusion to statements she made Tuesday, after a night of violence in every quadrant of the District.
But Tom Howell Jr. of The Washington Times also raised the red flag for readers, reporting that the chief said cold-weather clothing coupled with street arguments is a “recipe for disaster.” And herein lies Chief Lanier’s unbelievable remark: “Last night is a result of that ability to conceal guns in public.” Say it ain’t so, chief.
That the chief recognized October as a most challenging month for law enforcers is good news for all kindred spirits of law and order. After all, she did put manpower into action last month by conducting spot checks of criminals and suspects for contraband and implementing her “All Hands on Deck” program in communities across the city.
But bowing to the underground? The chief is trying to lower the public’s expectations, essentially warning us that, hey, that man in the grocery store waiting to buy his Thanksgiving turkey may also be hiding a handgun next to his wallet in the inside pocket of North Face jacket.
Or warning, warning: The teen sporting a poofy down vest could be packing as he conducts his last-minute Christmas shopping.What will her excuse be in the good ol’ summertime?
The real deal is that neither the chief nor the mayor wants law-abiding folks carrying weapons. And they voiced such displeasure when Congress considered a law that would have allowed out-of-towners with duly registered guns to possess them in the District.
Guns in and of themselves are not the problem.
A gun cannot jump into the hand of an individual, aim itself and fire itself.
It must have a willing accomplice, and coats, jackets and baggy pants and sweat clothes simply don’t fit the bill.
Residents and crime-fighters can always count on Mr. Moten, the Democrat-turned-Republican, for insight on crime trends and spikes in crime that are media-worthy.
He and Peaceaholics, the group he co-founded, make grass-roots efforts to police communities and politicians alike. But Mr. Moten, who recently launched his campaign to unseat Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander, just tarnished the jewel in his crown by overplaying the victimization card.
In a Nov. 3 statement on the Halloween night violence, he poked holes in the mayor’s “One City” mantra, revealed in his oh-so Democrat-like hand on class-baiting politics. And he kissed off an opportunity to lay out his own platform.
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