"These tragedies must end," says President Obama, referring to Adam Lanza's horrifying assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday. Although it is hard to disagree with that sentiment, writes Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, the measures Obama favors cannot reasonably be expected to prevent such thankfully rare but nevertheless appalling outbursts of senseless violence. Indeed, we know for sure that an "assault weapon" ban would not have stopped Lanza or made his attack less deadly, because it didn't.
Police departments exist to protect people's persons and property. The Minneapolis Police Department has failed to do either.
That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic.
Plus: the weird new battle lines on warrantless surveillance, more CDC incompetence, Minneapolis on fire, and more…
They're using their Second Amendment rights to protect local businesses from riots and looting.
Are we seeing a tipping point where police begin to grasp why the public is so outraged?