Milwaukee Police Chief tries to blame CHL holders for spike in murder rate

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Here is what the chief said, and the media, naturally, gave him a pass

Recently, in an attempt to shed some light on the root of his city’s troubles and deflect blame away from his own desk, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn once again attempted to throw the law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin under the bus.

“I can tell you anecdotally we’re seeing a number of shootings involving concealed-carry permit holders—many of whom have extensive criminal records.” Flynn said. “But I’m not allowed to tell you how many or whom, because the law has been carefully written to prevent analysis of that information.”

Jenn Jacques, of Bearing Arms is having none of it!

Of course, anyone with an “extensive” criminal record is not get a CHL license, so Flynn is simply trying to hide his failures as police chief, and to attack law-abiding citizens. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel laid waste to Flynn’s specious claims.

“I’m not aware of evidence of statistical significance that there are people who gain a permit who are committing crime with guns,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. “We only give permits to people who are law-abiding, who have no record of anything that disqualifies them from seeking that firearm, and those people don’t tend to commit crimes with the guns.”

In other words, Flynn is a disgrace to his office. Jacques points out that since 2001 only 1% of permit holders have been revoked, and  over a third of those lost their permit because they moved out of the state.

Sheriff David Clarke also responded to Flynn’s reckless disregard for the truth

This anti-gun liberal is doing what liberals do best. Blame the law-abiding citizen for incidents of violent crime. He knows no shame as he   manufactures fake news about concealed-carry permit holders.

To date, Milwaukee has had 138 homicides, compared to 145 in 2015. This is one of the highest per-capita homicide rates in the country. Many of these are senseless killings in drive-bys; drug- and gang-related incidents; instances of domestic violence; and innocent people becoming caught in a crossfire. You can count on one hand the number of these involving a concealed-carry permit, and of those, most involved self-defense.

These are the second- and third-highest homicide totals in Milwaukee history. That is a pattern. That is a pattern in part due to an inability of Flynn or anti-gun Mayor Tom Barrett to come up with a plan to reduce the pathologies that contribute to violence. Those are generational poverty, failing K-12 public schools, massive black unemployment, and dysfunctional families due to absent fathers. So they blame law-abiding citizens instead.

He is lying about not being able to analyze shootings involving concealed-carry permit holders. His problem is that there are so few, and most of those are justifiable self-defense.

My advice to Flynn: Fix the ghetto, concentrate on career criminals and leave law-abiding gun owners alone.
That is great advice the Flynn would already be putting into practice, were he competent. Instead, he is lying and smearing lawful citizens, apparently with the tacit approval of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. That is beyond shameful, and it goes beyond just lying about CHL holders. It shows that the chief and mayor apparently care less about getting these murderers off the street than they do about pushing gun false control narratives.

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