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Baltimore Crime Solution

There’s been a lot of talk recently about crime in Baltimore.  People are upset.  Politicians are attending community meetings.  There is hand wringing.

But I haven’t seen a real solution.

There are two:

First, end the war on drugs.  The majority of violent crime in Baltimore, and certainly the majority of murders, are related to the war on drugs.

Second, and more (if you can believe it) complicated, the citizens need to take back the streets.  Criminals need to be afraid.  They need to be unsure if someone is going to fight back, or hurt them, or call the cops, or testify.  The single most important thing the people can do:  carry a firearm.  Quit waiting for the courts to fix the issues in the state legislature, quit being afraid of what the police might do.  How much chance is there, really, that a Baltimore city police officer will engage you, a law-abiding citizen of Canton, search you, and find your concealed handgun?  No one will know until you have to use it.  I think it’s worth the risk.

If you don’t, carry mace, or pepper spray, or a cattle prod; it doesn’t matter to me.  Engage the criminals, and win the fight.  Send them home limping, hurt, scarred, and they will think twice next time.  Yes, there’s risk; at some point you need to assume that risk, or let them win.

Up until a few years ago, you never even saw a police car in Little Italy.  No crime.  Why?  Because if you broke into a car there and got caught they didn’t call the police.  Because people were watching, and more importantly, people were ready to take action.

These are your streets.  Act like it.

 

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Same old story

Baltimore man convicted in 1991 for killing a 6 year old is not only out of prison, but done with probation.

And apparently didn’t learn anything.

His name is Arthur Tyler Felton, 38.

A check of the records reveals a stunning fact: Arthur Tyler Felton shot and killed 6-year-old Tiffany Smith in July 1991 during a gun battle with a rival drug dealer in West Baltimore’s Walbrook community.

The shooting outraged the city much in the same way Sunday’s stabbing death of Stephen Pitcairn does today, complete with similar complaints of lenient prison sentences for prior crimes and failures of judges and others to hold criminals accountable.

Felton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, agreed to testify against his rival and got a 30 year sentence, with all but 18 years suspended. He was released in 2005, after spending 13 years behind bars, and completed his probation just three months ago.

Yet we continue to lock up people who’s only crime is intoxication.  Something’s just not right.


Dixon Blames Feds

Taking a page out of the O’Malley playbook, Sheila Dixon blames the feds for the recent explosion in violence (19 shootings in 6 hours)

The court documents also suggest, however, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city police knew more than a year ago what was driving the violence, arresting two key members after acting on tips from a confidential informant. On Monday, both Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and Mayor Sheila Dixon expressed frustration that the investigation apparently stalled.

Dixon noted on Wednesday that the federal investigation had been going on for two years.

“They’ve got to step up,” she said. “The weight can’t just be on our police.”

It’s not her fault.  It’s not the Baltimore PD that knows where these people are and what they are doing, and it’s not the City State’s Attorney who can’t seem to get any of them convicted.

It’s probably George W. Bush’s or Bob Ehrlich’s fault.


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