From Progressive Unionism to Progress on Gun Rights?

Is it clear why Wisconsin legislators -- and citizens who have been paying attention -- might have a renewed or newly discovered appreciation for the urgency of passing concealed carry and the Castle Doctrine? Anti-gun forces have claimed that such laws allow the legally sanctioned wholesale slaughter of criminals and innocents alike, but as with their claims of inevitable carnage in the streets in states with shall-issue concealed carry laws, none of this has come to pass in states with both laws.

For those who appreciate irony, this situation is bathed in it. Those Democrats who could depend on a Democrat governor to keep Wisconsin citizens disarmed are now, through their crude and desperate attempts to subvert democracy and the will of the people, virtually guaranteeing what they have fought so long and hard to prevent. Nothing focuses one’s attention on the laws necessary for mere survival than having to worry about mere survival, particularly at the hands of the allies of your supposed legislative colleagues. Comity may well be in short supply in the Wisconsin legislature for some time to come. I would imagine that Republican legislators will take a dim view of their “colleagues” whose policies and actions caused their lives and the lives of their families to be threatened. Many Democrats are doubtless more or less blameless, and will also see the potential for harm -- to Wisconsin, themselves, and their families -- that is now being made so clear to Republicans, courtesy of imported union “activists” and their supporters in the public schools, in the legislature and in local public employees' unions.

It is not only threats that will make this happy turn of events a certainty. The budget crunch will also have a sobering effect. Remember how few officers are on the street in your community? Here are a few facts to keep in mind: The majority of the budget of any law enforcement agency is spent in salaries. On average, a year will pass before a newly hired police recruit will be able to function alone on the street. During that year of training, he will be earning a salary and benefits, but providing no direct police services. In order to put one police officer on the street 24/7, 365 days a year, more than four officers must be hired and trained. That means there must be three officers working eight-hour shifts, and the fourth (or more) to cover for vacations, illness, training, court time, and a variety of other things that will take any officer away from the street. Lay off officers, and the fewer remaining officers will have to work additional shifts, earning overtime that your city can’t afford, greatly lengthening call response times and making themselves more prone to illness, injuries and mistakes. Reduce the number of officers too much, and the response time to your 911 call might be measured in hours rather than minutes.

And who is more aware of budgetary issues than Wisconsin’s legislators, the same legislators who are now being mortally threatened and harassed for the offense of trying to do their jobs? Wisconsin may soon become the model for the dilution of union power and membership and the restoration of fiscal sanity, but it will also almost certainly become the model for common-sense gun laws.