Monday, October 25, 2010

What Do You Call Laying Off 12% Of Law Enforcement...

A Good Start

There may be momentum for expanding the rights of law-abiding gun owners in New Jersey.

With unprecedented police department layoffs across the state, especially in urban communities, authorities anticipate response times will increase and crime-prevention initiatives will be the first law enforcement services cut.

Next year's 2 percent property tax cap will decrease the number of police officers in the state by 30 percent, says state Policemen's Benevolent Association President Tony Wieners.

From Jan. 1, 2009 through October, 12 percent of local police officers in the state were laid off or retired, he said.

The above was taken from the CourierPostOnline, but alas, the link to this institution is no longer working, so excuse my not including one. 

On to the heart of the matter. Laying off cops is a double-edged sword, especially in Joisey, as a great deal of nuisance-income is derived from those brave men risking life and limb to pull over vehicles going 45 in a 40.

BUT...since nary a one of these intrepid speed-chasers earns enough to pay for his salary...don't get me started on the benefits...towns must bite the bullet and let some of their heroic..."hey, what's that smell?"... marijuana sniffers go.

And please now, I understand the thinking that leads to less cops = more guns should be "allowed" in the public's hands, but the public doesn't NEED a reason to own a gun so stop enabling such mentalities by fostering this absurd notion. So when the good times roll and they hire more cops, they can then come and take BACK your guns?

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