Public Safety

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    Is Defunding the Police a Good Idea?

    Calls for defunding the police have been heard across the country this month, but there is a body of research that calls defunding into question. In his recent research brief on the subject, JLF’s Jon Guze explains why defunding the police may not be such a good idea. Guze writes:…
    Brenee Goforth, June 12, 2020
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    Women make up half of Trump’s National Security Council leaders

    Madeline Osburn writes for the Federalist about a fact that’s likely to attract little attention from mainstream media outlets. For the first time in history, half of the senior leaders of the National Security Council are women. Twelve of the 24 directorates are led by women now, including…
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2020
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    Are we spending too much on policing and too little on social programs?

    Hardly. This Urban Institute chart tells the story: H/T: CharlesFLehman…
    Jon Guze, June 6, 2020
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    Who wants to get rid of the police?

    Not African Americans! According to a 2015 Roper report, very few black Americans would be willing to have fewer police officers in their neighborhoods, and blacks were more likely to favor a larger police presence that whites.
    Jon Guze, June 5, 2020
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    Law and order doesn’t necessitate federal troops

    Editors at National Review Online consider the proper response t0 riots that have erupted in locations across the country. In the Rose Garden, … President Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military to restore order in the American cities if mayors and governors fail to do it. In…
    Mitch Kokai, June 4, 2020
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    National Review editor urges forceful response to riots

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online explains why authorities need to respond to riots with force. Restoring order to America’s cities isn’t a complicated proposition. All it requires is resources and determination and a firm rejection of the longstanding progressive fallacy that an overwhelming police presence is “provocative”…
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2020
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    Today’s riots do not echo MLK’s activism

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online rebuts the notion that today’s rioters are emulating civil rights icon Martin Luther King. Among the more contemptible rhetorical tricks used this past weekend was the hijacking of Martin Luther King Jr. to enlist him in the cause of rioting. Celebrities, activists,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on COVID-19’s negative impact for N.C. counties’ finances. John Hoood’s Daily Journal explains that riots destroy more than property.
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2020