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Judith Miller
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Tionico. Here's something to consider. Since guns really haven't been available to the "mundanes" for a long time and crime (up until now) has dropped precipitously, maybe the old vigilante argument is not quite as strong as some want to make it. Please understand, I am most assuredly for a vigorous self-defense including the use of lethal force if necessary, but everytime I read a NRA-Soldier of Fortune type pipe up and say how much safer we'd be if everybody was armed I could die from laughter which may be more dangerous then the thugs roaming the streets. Consider this: Think about how many totally incompetent and irresponsible drivers there are on the roads and then translate that incompetence and irresponsibility to day-to-day gun wielding lethality. No, I just don't see it with a happy ending and it has nothing to do with my views on the 2nd Amendment.
Gee, a police department that works with communities is somehow suspect ??? Because they're not going to act out racist stereotypes?

"Collaborative" is a bad word for this Judith Miller.

We outgrew this crap in the 1970s. Not Miller.
Well, if good intentions and zeal would solve the cocundrum, he'd make a good show of it. But he gives little real hope for significant change. His shortlist of consultants is disheartening: Port Authority, FBI, Newark, Los Angeles, Lomdon, and that guy from the Citicens Crime Committee... all of which are strongly against guns in the hands of the "mundanes". And until criminals begin to experience a significantly increased likelihood that their next intended victim may be armed and skilled, crime will continue to ba an increasingly popular "career choice".

The new chief in Detroit has taken the opposite tack, and good change is already in evidence. Until commoners are empowered to serve as the city's First Responders, being able to STOP crime in progress, the security of New York City will not ne restored.

Further, I read nothing addressing the current police problems with stinky attitudes, laziness, thuggery, and the "manufacturing" of crime out of nothing.
Pure anecdote, but it was deja vu all over again for me on my recent visit to NYC (Feb 26): Penn Station -- not a cop in sight at 7 PM; Food Court -- aggressive panhandling in a restaurant (manager trying to cope on his own); Buying a subway ticket -- a body (living? dead?) prone at my feet in a trash strewn corner by the ticket machine; On the "3" line to 96th -- no visible law enforcement, with "musicians" panhandling on the platforms; Walking down to West End Avenue -- not a cop in sight.

Then , listening to de Blasio: sure felt like 1990 to me. Won't return unless I have to.