we've got all out ex-californian minority gangland warfare and RadLeft Mayor is only concerned with lawful White owned guns, or group identifying all with gangs.
Here are some questions the firearms community might ask of the candidates:
Q. If hired as Seattle police chief, would you support or lobby to overturn Washington State’s model preemption firearms statute, which, among other things, prevents cities from adopting their own gun ordinances?
Q. Why would you want to leave your present position to become Seattle’s police chief?
Q. There are approximately 260,000 citizens licensed to carry concealed handguns in Washington State under our shall-issue law. How do you feel about that?
Q. Please give us your definition of a sensible gun law.
Q. What is your definition of an extremist gun law?
Q. A small but growing community of open carry advocates is active in Washington State. Would you be willing to meet with them occasionally?
Q. Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of or contributor to the National Rifle Association, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms or Gun Owners of America?
Q. Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of or contributor to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence or any affiliated CeaseFire organization?
Q. Tens of thousands of Washingtonians own semiautomatic sport-utility rifles. Do you have any concern about that? Do you own one for personal recreation?
Q. Do you currently have a hunting license issued by your state wildlife agency?
Q. What was your score on your last qualification?
Q. If you were to testify in Olympia on firearms-related legislation, would you testify in uniform?
Q. Do you think stronger gun laws are required to reduce gang violence?
Q. In the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster, where emergency services are crippled or virtually non-existent, would you order your officers to disarm private citizens?
Q. If you are hired as chief, do you plan to carry a sidearm, or leave it in your car?
Others may have additional questions. They can be listed below.
Saturday, May 8 will be a busy day for the 26-member Seattle Police Chief search committee, and the 11 semi-finalists now on the list to become the Jet City’s next top cop.
The Seattle Times published short biographies of each candidate, which immediately came under some criticism from the Seattle Weekly for not being complete and for alleged subconscious sexism in how each candidate was described. Biographies of the male candidates seemed to be glowing while those for the three females on this list included some brickbats, especially Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, who was recently the subject of a now-disputed no-confidence vote by members of the Spokane Police Guild. Yet, there are questions, for example, about Adam Burden, former Miami, FL deputy chief.
A Seattle police chief search committee will interview the 11 semifinalists on May 8. It is scheduled to meet the following week to discuss and select its three finalists for the mayor's review.
As I wrote earlier here, there is concern in the firearms community about who will be selected, with no small suspicion that Far Left Mayor Mike McGinn – a liberal’s liberal – will choose someone with a preconceived bias against armed private citizens.
Evergreen State gun rights activists would probably like to grill each candidate, considering that they come from across the country. They might ask John Romero, chief of police in Lawrence, MA about his attitude towards concealed and open carry; in Massachusetts, top cops have broad latitude to deny gun permits while in here in Washington, they do not. Likewise, the same question might be tossed at Rick Gregory, former chief of the Newcastle County, DE police, and to East Palo Alto, CA Chief Ron Davis, who is also a candidate to become the next Police Superintendent in New Orleans.
April 29, 2010, 5:22 pm
Of Guns and Bicycles
By AL BAKER
This just in: The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday released its annual report on guns recovered in crimes in New York.
It is a snapshot of the guns recovered by law enforcement officers around the state, which were then submitted to the bureau to be traced. “We want to trace them to find out where they come from who purchased them and how did they get to New York,” said Joseph G. Green, a spokesman for the bureau.
When guns make it from purchase to crime within two years, it is “a strong indicator to us that they could be illegally trafficked firearms,” Mr. Green said. Those are guns that are moved in the so-called iron pipeline, coming up from the South or Midwest to New York City.
Among the findings, according to a news release from Ronald B. Turk, the head of the bureau’s New York field division:
• 9,673 firearms were submitted to the bureau to be traced — 7,189 handguns and 2,464 long guns.
• Statewide, handguns outnumbered long guns by a ratio of more than 2.5 to 1.
• 53 percent of all firearms recovered were within New York City.
• In New York City, handguns outnumbered long guns by more than 4 to 1.
• Each region has its own singular concerns when dealing with newer weapons recovered.
In his statement, Mr. Turk said: “The process of tracing crime guns has been and will continue to be one of the top priorities A.T.F. provides to our state and local law enforcement partners. Making sure that all recovered crime guns are traced is the very first step in identifying potential illegal gun runners and enables us to focus our investigative resources where they are needed most.”
Of Bicycles and the Police
President Obama was in town, and a number of bicycles were marring his motorcade route along East Houston Street in Lower Manhattan. So, as City Room reported last week, police officers in windbreakers sawed through the bikes’ locks last Thursday and loaded them onto a flatbed truck.
An unofficial, handwritten note was found left behind, saying “Retrieve Bikes from 7th Precinct.”
The police defended the bike seizures, pointing out how bicycles had been made into weapons in episodes around the world. For its part, the Secret Service, which has the task of protecting the president, declined to comment.
“All I will say is we work very closely with the N.Y.P.D. all the time for presidential visits of foreign heads of state,” said a spokesman, Edwin Donovan. “We work very closely with them. But we will not talk about the particulars of a specific visit.”
He added, “We don’t talk about our methods and means.”
Asked on Friday about the episode, Peter F. Vallone Jr., the chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said it raised all sorts of questions. He said he would be “demanding answers.”
A short time later, an aide to Mr. Vallone forwarded a letter he had drafted for Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
“Dear Commissioner Kelly,” it opened. “It has come to my attention that the New York Police Department recently confiscated numerous bicycles located on Houston Street prior to a Presidential visit. Please provide information regarding the following questions:
• Why did this occur?
• How often does this occur?
• What alternatives were considered but not used?
• What type of notice was given to the community?
• When and where were the bikes available for retrieval?
• Was this action based on any specific threat?
“Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation and I look forward to your response.”
By Friday, no response had come, an aide to Mr. Vallone said. He pointed out that his office understood that a reply would take time.
No Metal Detectors at Parole Offices
The shooting of Samuel Salters, a 49-year-old parole officer, in Brooklyn on April 15 opened a window on a truth many found surprising: None of New York State’s more than 40 parole offices are outfitted with metal detectors.
Gov. David A. Paterson called for a review. The union that represents parole officers said they had pointed to this issue for years.
And, days later, a state legislator from Long Island proposed to make the offices more secure. Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine, a Democrat, said the bill would make mandatory the installation of some kind of weapons’ screening device, such as a metal detector, and require security personnel stationed at the entrances.
No cost estimate was provided.
But, in a statement, he said that “under no circumstances” should the person accused of the killing, a parolee, have so easily been able to slip into the office with a pistol. He said a Democratic senator would also carry the measure.
Al Baker, police bureau chief for The New York Times — and the son of a police lieutenant — brings you inside the nation’s largest police force every Thursday. He will occasionally be joined by other reporters for The Times. Mr. Baker can be reached at
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