Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn is being portrayed as something of a flash hero as he blasted reporters with what has been described as “passionate authority.” But no one has yet noted the far more important issue that surfaced in his tirade: his passionate anti-gun agenda.
Flynn was allegedly “verbally attacked” for paying attention to his cell phone during a press conference last week. Since the conference was to discuss the officer-related shooting of a black individual, Flynn’s cell-phone focus was taken as “disrespectful,” and, it has been assumed, perhaps reporters were fishing for him to say something they could interpret as racially disrespectful. But Flynn exploded on them:
Well I was on my phone, yes. That is true. I was following developments about a 5-year-old girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive-by shooting. If some of the people gave a good g****mn about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously.
The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed. Hello! Eighty percent of my homicide victims every year are African-American. . . .
Now they [protesters] know all about the last three people who’ve been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years. There’s not one of them that can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city.
The last two sentences are, of course, an indictment of both the protesters and the media who inform them. And everybody loves it when the liberal media get a hypocrisy wedgie and have it pulled up over their heads. But wait just a minute, something stinks far worse here.
These outlets even related the words, and yet gave no notice of what Flynn said next:
[T]his community’s at risk all right. And it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it. It’s at risk because we have large numbers of high-capacity, quality firearms in the hands of remorseless criminals who don’t care who they shoot. . . .
[The cops are] the ones who are going to be out there patrolling and stopping suspects who may have guns under the front seat.
The community’s at risk because of a prevalence of “high capacity” firearms. Sound like political trade language to anyone? You bet it is.
Some will note that he only objected to the firearms in the hands of “remorseless criminals,” but note that he also referred to the implied threat of mere “suspects” who “may” have guns. I am getting a clearer picture of this guy’s agenda.
But then it gets really clear. Flynn has an outspoken history of anti-gun activism.
Back in 2009, when the Wisconsin attorney general affirmed the state’s recognition of open carry laws as a clear Second Amendment right, Flynn spoke up in tyrannical defiance. You won’t believe how far he took it:
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’s irresponsible to send a message to them that if they just carry it openly no one can bother them.
Flynn is so rabid against guns that even liberals cringed when he was chosen to testify before Congress when liberals recently tried to leverage Sandy Hook to renew an assault weapons ban. No not this guy! He’ll actually spill the whole liberal agenda and make it look bad! Huffington Post shuddered:
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. . . . 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.
But spokesman he was. In that 2013 hearing, Flynn eagerly lectured Congress on the need for strict gun control: “The notion that innocent, law-abiding citizens will use an assault weapon or high-capacity firearm to protect themselves is not our experience.”
When pushed on enforcing the laws we have rather than expanding new ones, Flynn interrupted, spoke over, and rebuked the Senator: “If you think we’re going to do paperwork prosecutions, you’re wrong!”
After the hearing, Flynn continued his pontifications with reporters:
Don’t sit there crying crocodile tears for the victims of mass murders and the number of police officers shot every year and then blithely say, “Oh, and by the way, we can’t do anything about it. It would inconvenience someone.”
Imagine that: a police chief who believes your stand for Second Amendment rights— God-given rights—is nothing more than an excuse to do nothing and a petty personal “convenience.”
And now, just a few months ago in the midst of the Ferguson furor, Flynn found a way to squeeze his name into the media spotlight again on the same issue. Surprise, there was that same calculated political language again: “We have remorseless, reckless criminals in possession of high-quality firearms.”
At that time, Flynn boasted his officers were confiscating as many firearms from people as was done in the much larger NYPD:
As of July 6th, the New York City Police Department had confiscated approximately 1,350 firearms from the streets of a city of 9 million. . . . So far this year, the Milwaukee Police Department in a city of 600,000—15 times smaller than New York—has seized 1,340 firearms from the streets of this city.
Remember, this is the guy who promised to put people “on the ground” and take their guns regardless of their rights to begin with.
Flynn’s anti-gun activism and statements have been so bad in the past, that his own Sheriff (the county jurisdiction above the City of Milwaukee), apologized to the Senate committee Flynn had disrespected.
David A Clarke, Jr., the Sheriff of Milwaukee County who became famous when he instructed all law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, sent the following letter to the committee chairman Lindsey Graham. In it, Clarke apologized “on behalf of my constituents” for Flynn’s “embarrassing behavior,” stating,
Please do not see his arrogance as exemplary of the people in Milwaukee County. His views on gun control are his and he is entitled to them, but he has no constituency of his own. He is an appointed bureaucrat. I do not remember him emphasizing that fact and I want to you to know that his viewpoint does not represent either my view on gun control nor countless other law-abiding citizens and gun owners in Milwaukee County. Chief Flynn has been a mouthpiece for the Mayors Against Guns group that has made no secret of their desire to obliterate the Second Amendment. Chief Flynn should have made his bias clear before speaking.
This recent “blast the media” story was upheld by TheBlaze and other alternative news outlets for Flynn’s daring to confront the assumed racist implications of reporters’ questions. Perhaps that is true and laudable to a degree. But it should be viewed mainly as one rabid leftist chiding other leftist pawns regarding what their real issue of the day needs to be: not racism, but gun control.
We should get on the side of Sheriff Clarke and see through the façade of these biased bureaucrats and activists, and focus on the real important issue.