From Progressive Unionism to Progress on Gun Rights?

Another lesson is really quite simple and logical -- there simply aren’t enough police officers to protect everyone. How many officers are patrolling in your community at this instant, ready to answer your personal call for help? You’d be amazed at how small the number actually is. Police officers just love catching really bad guys in the act and saving the innocent. The truth is that seldom happens. Life isn’t like the movies. Police agencies are chronically understaffed everywhere. They organize their shifts so that most officers are working when they’re likely to be needed, which are the night shifts, Thursday through Saturday. During the day particularly, or at other times, a surprisingly small number of officers are on the streets, and if a few are sick, in court, or on vacation the numbers are smaller still.

Imagine: Someone is breaking down your back door at 3 AM. They are probably not stopping by for tea. How long will it take you to call 911, and, if the dispatcher answers immediately, give them the information they need to respond? Ten seconds? Twenty? A minute is more like it. How long will it take the nearest officer to drive from where they are to your home? That depends on where he is. Bet on no less than five minutes, and likely twice as long, even more. When the officer arrives, how long will it take him to become oriented, understand exactly what he needs to do and where he needs to go -- if he doesn’t wait for his backup to arrive (if backup is available)? A minute? Three? Bet on five. Are you still alive?

Now hark back to the Republican state legislator in Wisconsin. Wisconsin and Illinois are the two states that have no legal form of concealed carry. Even with a legislature controlled by Democrats, several attempts were made in Wisconsin to pass concealed carry, but the bills were vetoed by Democrat Jim Doyle. With the legislature now in Republican hands, and with Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s office, it seemed that concealed carry would be likely to soon become law in Wisconsin. Thanks to Democrats and their union allies, not only is concealed carry a certainty, but an effective Castle Doctrine law is now virtually certain as well. Castle Doctrine laws establish that as long as you have a legal right to be where you are -- in your car, your home, or any other place -- you need not retreat if attacked. Your home, for instance, as the saying goes, is your castle. You can stand your ground and protect yourself and your family and the law will presume that you were right in so doing. They also specify that anyone breaking into your home is presumed to be there to cause you harm and you may, again, defend yourself, even using deadly force. They also commonly prohibit criminal attackers and their survivors from suing their victims.

Enter Wisconsin State Representative Michelle Litjens (R). After passing the House version of the Senate bill that fourteen Wisconsin senators have fled to Illinois to avoid passing, Rep. Gordon Hintz (D), on the floor of the Wisconsin House, angrily told her that she was “f***ing dead.” Hintz belatedly apologized for the remark, but Litjens was very much intimidated. Or consider Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman, who found himself pursued and surrounded by a hostile crowd outside the locked Capitol building. Only the intervention of Democrat State Representative Brett Hulsey, who tried to calm the crowd and eventually enlisted the help of firefighters, eventually saw Hulsey safely into the building. Grothman played down the incident, saying that he thought he could have walked away, but most viewing video of the incident would not be likely to hold that view. Grothman looked very much like a man who had no doubt that he was in serious trouble, and Rep. Hulsey obviously felt that way at the time.