Public Safety

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    Leftist Prosecutors and the 2020 Crime Spike

    Caitlin Bassett writes for the Federalist about links between the rise of left-of-center prosecutors and an increase in crime rates. The number of homicides in the United States increased around 30 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported last week, along…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2021
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    New Analysis Contradicts the Standard Narrative Regarding Police Killings

    According to Black Lives Matter and similar anti-police organizations, the most important things to know about police violence are that there is a large and growing racial disparity in fatal police violence and that, as a result, the police are killing extraordinarily large numbers of Black men and women…
    Jon Guze, October 4, 2021
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    Lucky to Be Here, Asset Forfeiture Edition

    In former times, back before Covid and the government’s response put a damper on my optimism, I published a series of blog posts and research briefs in which I discussed some of the many reasons I feel lucky to live in North Carolina. (See here, here, here,…
    Jon Guze, September 20, 2021
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    INBOX: Sen. Chuck Edwards Responds To Cooper’s Veto of Bill To Repeal Pistol Purchase Permit

    Landing in my inbox Monday afternoon, sent by Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office.   Statement on Gov. Cooper’s Veto of Bill to Repeal Pistol Purchase Permit Pistol permit created by Jim Crow Democrats to keep guns away from black people  UNC Law Review: “Black applicants [for pistol permits]…
    Donna Martinez, August 31, 2021
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    Was Michael Byrd’s Killing of Ashli Babbit Justified?

    *BBC photo source In a recent piece at the Hill, legal scholar Jonathan Turley suggests the answer is probably, “No.” Responding to a recent NBC interview in which Byrd claimed the shooting “saved countless lives,” Turley says: I have long expressed doubt over the Babbitt…
    Jon Guze, August 29, 2021
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    Kenosha Spells Bad News for Democrats

    Kylee Zempel of the Federalist explores the possible impact of one Wisconsin community on Democrats’ future electoral hopes. It’s been one year since an immigrant watched every vehicle in his car dealership go up in flames, one year since Rode’s Camera Shop became a pile of ashes and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 27, 2021
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    Witnessing the End of American Order

    Christopher Bedford of the Federalist documents growing lawlessness in American communities. The nation’s attention these past two weeks has focused nearly exclusively on Kabul, and rightly so given that the city has become the scene of the largest hostage situation in American history and a vivid image of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 26, 2021
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    Biden Responsible for Man-Made Disasters

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online takes account of the president’s poor record. President Biden arrived in office with the southern border secure and Afghanistan in a state of fragile equilibrium. Eight months later, the border continues to be deluged with migrants overwhelming our capacity to properly house…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2021