This list is not intended to incite controversy, but to foster an even-sided debate.
The impossibility of the police preventing endemic crime, or protecting every victim, has become tragically evident over the past quarter century. The issues are illustrated by the ongoing phenomenon of pathological violence against women by p.
Daonna Barnes was forced into hiding with her children because, since making threats is not a crime, police could not arrest her former boyfriend for his threats to kill her. On August 11,he discovered the location of her new apartment, broke in, and shot and stabbed her and her new boyfriend.
Released on bail while awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, the former boyfriend continues to harass Ms.
Finally convicted of kidnapping and battery against Lisa Bianco, her husband was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. On March 4,he took advantage of release on an 8-hour pass to break into her house and beat her to death. Late last year Anthony "Porky" Young was sentenced to a year in prison for stripping his girlfriend naked and beating her senseless in front of her 4-year-old son.
Despite scores of death threats he has written to her while in prison, the prison authorities will have to release him when his year is up. Literally dozens of such newspaper stories appear each week around the United States.
Even extreme anti-gun advocates must wonder if a society that cannot protect its innocent victims should not leave them free to choose to own a handgun for p. This advice is mendacious: Rather their function is to deter crime in general by patrol activities and by apprehension after the crime has occurred.
If circumstances permit, the police should and will protect a citizen in distress. But they are not legally duty bound even to do that nor to provide any direct protection--no matter how urgent a distress call they may receive.
A fortiori the police have no duty to, and do not, protect citizens who are under death threat e. District of Columbia in which three rape victims sued the city under the following facts.
Two of the victims were upstairs when they heard the other being attacked by men who had broken in downstairs. In fact, their calls had somehow been lost in the shuffle while the roommate was being beaten into silent acquiescence.
Historically, there were no police, even in large American or English cities, before the midth century.
Citizens were not only expected to protect themselves and each otherbut also legally required in response to the hue and cry to chase down and apprehend criminals. The very idea of a police was anathema, American and English liberalism viewing any such force as a form of the dreaded "standing army.
Eventually, police forces were established to augment citizen self-protection by systematic patrol to deter crime and to detect and apprehend criminals if a crime should occur.It is the most powerful single player in one of the most hotly-debated issues in the world - US gun control - but what exactly is the NRA?
Gun violence is a fact of life in the United States and, in , mass shootings continue to occur with frightening regularity. Mass murders, such as those at schools in Parkland, FL and Santa Fe, TX, and at houses of worship in Pittsburgh, PA and Charleston, SC, shock the conscience and spur debate – but little action by Congress.
Today, gun control is under discussion everywhere. All the tragic gun violence-related events that took place recently and not so recently led not only to grief but to all sorts of speculation on all levels.
"The Gun Control Act placed an extensive system of federal gun control, for the first time, on ordinary weapons. This marked a fairly large expansion of the federal involvement in gun control.
Congressman Mike Coffman's reelection campaign being watched nationally, by the major parties and advocates on both sides of the gun control issue, for signs of whether firearm regulation can be. Why you should care. Because the Republican Party isn’t the only one divided on gun control.