Thursday, July 17, 2014

Remember the fancy 'This system will detect gunshots

so police can catch the perpetrator!' systems?  Not so much.
But just 20 months later ShotSpotter was judged to be a second failure.
In August 2012 West Midlands Police said of 1,618 alerts produced by the system since November 2011, only two were confirmed gunfire incidents.
What’s more, the force added, ShotSpotter had also missed four confirmed shootings.
The explanation/excuse is on the order of "It woulda worked better if you'd given us more money."  Of course.

Down in Australia, the new government has done what it promised: the carbon tax is gone.

And the Greens are having the screaming outrage you'd expect, so

One more thing for this morning, which must be causing Bloomberg and Watts & Co. a serious amount of indigestion:
The chief of Detroit police credited legally armed residents for a substantial decrease in crime in a city that desperately needs it.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said chief James Craig, according to The Detroit News.

“I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”
With this testimonial included:
Al Woods, an ex-criminal in the city, backed Craig’s claims.

“If I was out there now robbing people these days, knowing there are a lot more people with guns, I know I’d have to rethink my game plan,” Woods told The Detroit News.
I shall now adjourn for a modified version of the Happy Dance(it's raining, and I think dancing in the front yard with a rifle might upset the neighbors).

Son and wife are in town for a few days, so I'm going to spend some more time with them today.  Bloggage will probably be intermittent.

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