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Category: Local

Buyback Boom

Hmm. Same city, same issue, opposite end of the spectrum.

Not everybody here’s listening to Alderman Troupe, it seems, because this year’s gun buyback was a smash hit.

They came wrapped in blankets and paper bags, canvas cases or stashed in coat pockets.

Police paid $50 for handguns, rifles and shotguns and $100 for assault-style weapons. People were able to hand over their guns anonymously with no questions asked. The limit was five guns a person.

“I didn’t have no use for it,” said Leroy Cole, 58, of Jennings, who was handed $50 cash in exchange for the shotgun from his upstairs bedroom. “Of course this works for me. People have stuff like this and nowhere to get rid of it. It could end up in the wrong hands,” he said.

Police collected 997 guns, 10 of which were assault rifles.

Police paid $48,000 for weapons and spent about $3,300 for advertising. The department dedicated $57,000 in seized drug money for the event; the leftover money will return to the department’s forfeiture fund.

Board President Chris Goodson voted against the proposal, saying the city’s rising murder rate shows buyback programs do not have an effect on reducing crime.

This is unlikely to stop or slow any of the rampant crime downtown (especially since the bad guys can look up the folks listed in the article and be assured that there’s at least one less working firearm in their house — Smart, Post-Dispatch!). But I suppose if you’re getting rid of them, this is the safest way to do it.

Read the whole thing.

Surviving The Obama Years

I don’t even know where to start with this. It’s a black conservative, writing an anti-Obama screed, in a rarely-edited left wing local rag. I’m baffled.

I don’t know what he could possibly have been thinking, intentionally bringing this kind of misery on himself, but the article itself is snark at its finest. Sheer poetry.

Americans on Nov. 4 turned over control of the United States of America to a management team possessing no executive experience, having never run, as I liked to put it, nothing.

Another side effect has been white people contacting me to say that I should be proud to see a black man become president. Could there be a comment that is more condescending, more insulting, than that? If I believed that in America a black man could not be president, then I would be proud to see any black man elected president. But because I always have believed that nothing in America prevents a black man from becoming president or anything else he wants to be, I can be embarrassed, not proud, to see someone as unqualified and inexperienced as Obama become president.

Jackie Robinson, the first black man in modern-day major league baseball, illustrates my point. He was the right man with the right combination of talent, temperament and character at the right time to be successful for that important “first.” Obama? An empty suit who will fail.

There’s something fascinating, to me, about watching “peaceful” preachers of “tolerance” verbally eviscerate a black man, just for being a conservative. 48 pages of comments, calling him everything from pedophile to racist, and every nasty invective in between. And I’m sure he’s getting hate mail and death threats at home too, just like James T. Harris did. I suddenly feel not so very alone in being a “traitor” to my stereotype.

And in 2012, we’ll have Sarah Palin to clean up Obama’s mess and remind us again of America’s exceptionalism.

And that’s when their heads exploded. Hee.

I want to send this guy cookies or something — I make some bad ass brownies — but at this point, he’d probably just have to throw them away, assuming they’re poisoned or stuffed with razor blades.

Go read the whole thing, it’s great. (And somebody hire him to write for a publication that isn’t awash with anti-proofreading socialists, huh?)

Impulse Buying

St. Louis City Leader Says Police Ineffective, Tells Residents to Get Armed

Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe said police are ineffective, outnumbered or don’t care about the increase in crime in his north St. Louis ward. St. Louis has had 157 homicides in 2008, 33 more than last year at this time.

“The community has to be ready to defend itself, because it’s clear the economy is going to get worse, and criminals are getting more bold,” Troupe, 72, said Tuesday.

Troupe said that when he and residents approached a district police commander last year, they were told “there was nothing he could do to protect us and the community … that he didn’t have the manpower.”

I have such mixed feelings about this.

First of all, he’s totally right. Violence is out of control here, particularly gun violence, and the police downtown are completely overwhelmed.

But I’m not sure that a hysterical clarion call for every citizen to “lock and load” is the solution.

I’ll explain why…

1. There is one firing range downtown. One. It has ten lanes. And unless you happen to stumble in on a class day, you almost always wait for a lane. Even on a weeknight. (And that’s before this alderman opened his yap.) It’s easy to get a lane on class day, because everyone sees 253,873 cars in the parking lot and leaves. Good for me, bad for impatient newbies who really need to practice. Old ladies like me and your granny, we’re ok with sitting on the couch with a book, or browsing the lovely merchandise for half an hour while we wait. But 20 year old kids? No way.

2. It’s hard to get a concealed carry license. Not hard to get qualified, but a lot of footwork and money. Which is smart, because it weeds out the folks who don’t really want it, but it also makes it hard on working class people and parents who really do want it. I don’t live in the city, but in the county, it’s like this: You have to take a class first, which is like $150, where they teach you the basic laws and make sure you can load and shoot both a pistol and a revolver competently. Then you take the form from the class, take time off from work, and run it down to the main police station (you can only go to one specific station) where you fill out their forms, pay another $65-100, and they fingerprint you. Then you wait 45 days (or less) for your ok letter in the mail. Then you take more time off work, and go back to the one police station with your letter, and they certify it. Then you try to get a copy of your birth certificate, if you don’t have a passport. More time and money. Then you take more time off from work, and go to the DMV and pay for a new driver’s license with your CCW endorsement. And they take your picture, so do something with your hair, for pete’s sake.

The people who live in these crime-infested areas aren’t made of money, and the current economy isn’t improving their financial status. Many of them will hear this panicked statement and scrape together the money to buy a cheap pistol, sure. And some of them will end up like this awesome lady, doing it the right way. But how many of them don’t own their own businesses, and can’t really spend another $300+, find a babysitter for the 9-hour class, and take all that time off from work, to learn safety lessons and good aim, and get a legal permit? How many of them are going to half-ass it, instead? Carry concealed illegally, and leave their brand new shiny pistol sitting on the coffee table where the kids can “play” with it, because no one told them it was unsafe? How many will buy a gun that they have no intention of ever actually using, except as a threat, and have it used against them?

I’m absolutely pro-2a, and pro-CCW, but I’m not sure intentional scaremongering is the right way to encourage it.

Done.

The deal is done.

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And now the other section closes…

Locals: I heard this on the radio late last week, but haven’t seen or heard anything about it since.

I-64/40 is supposedly re-opening almost a month ahead of schedule.

And there was much rejoicing.

Strange Bedfellows

I’ve been consistently and rather pleasantly surprised by one of my senators, Claire McCaskill. I was pretty loudly against her in the last election, for both personal and political reasons, but she’s turned out to be a very moderate democrat.

And, of course, that’s not working so well for her. She wants to start pulling our troops back as soon as possible, but refuses anything that sets a date for retreat or cuts funding. She even visited the troops in Iraq, herself (all over the place, if the photos are any indication!) She voted against amnesty and for supporting General Petraeus. And that’s gotten her some pretty negative attention from the Code Pink and MoveOn crowd. They’ve been protesting outside her office all week.

I hope they don’t crack her. She’s pretty much exactly what I used to like about the party of democrats. Sympathetic but sane. I don’t expect us to meet on every issue, but that wouldn’t happen with anyone. I think she’s doing just fine.