Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn’s testimony before a Senate Committee on Wednesday was widely hailed by liberals. But not everyone was standing and applauding for Flynn.
Writing at the Huffington Post, Radley Balko called Chief Flynn "a really poor choice" to testify at Sen Feinstein’s hearing on an assault weapons ban. Balko quoted Chief Flynn’ over-the-top response to a 2009 decision to allow Wisconsin citizens to open-carry when Flynn said, "my message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it."
It was a pretty astonishing thing for a police chief to say. Police chiefs don't make the laws, nor do they interpret laws. They enforce laws, whether they agree with them or not. A chief has discretion to prioritize some laws over others. But he does not have the option to make an activity illegal when it is legal. Flynn was openly boasting that he had instructed Milwaukee police officers to harass, assault, and willfully violate the rights of Milwaukee citizens when Flynn knew they weren't violating any laws. Were we talking about just about anything other than guns, there would have been calls for Flynn to be investigated for conspiring to violate civil rights. That he was never really held accountable for his comments is bad enough. That he's now being put forward as a spokesman for gun control is really pretty awful.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke also joined in to express his dismay at Chief Flynn’s testimony on Wednesday.
Another segment from the Chief Ed Flynn lecture series on, What’s Best for Freedom- Loving People, in his testimony against the Second Amendment in Washington D.C. He actually tells you what’s best for you in defending yourself from a violent attack in a city where violent crime rose nearly 10% and aggravated assaults went up by 33%. He can’t figure out why you need an assault rifle. How about this for an answer: Because that’s your decision, not his.
This is from the same guy who in an interview with the local newspaper flippantly said that people are willing to wait for the cable guy or a furniture delivery so he doesn’t think it’s unreasonable for people to wait for a police squad to show up. Wow! And yet he and the Mayors Against the Second Amendment group that he has aligned with do not trust law-abiding citizens to make decisions on how best to defend themselves. Chief Flynn and other government control advocates need to learn how to let go and trust law-abiding citizens to make decisions concerning their personal security.
People are still waiting for Chief Flynn to tell them how many "assault rifles" were used in the 92 or so homicides, and over 500 incidents, where people were hit by gunfire in Milwaukee last year. He and Mayor Barrett don’t want you to know that because it exposes their true motive in this, which is not violence reduction but rather gun control and common assault on the Second Amendment.
In his testimony Chief Flynn said, "It is time for Congress to pick a side and I am hopeful that it can be the side of law enforcement."
The chief needs to be reminded that in a representative democracy, Congress is supposed to be on the side of the American people, and that includes law-abiding gun owners.
While Chief Flynn enjoys his "strange new respect" from liberals, not everyone is impressed.