Thursday, October 20, 2005

Puttin' the Mum in Mumbles

As you read this, keep in mind that Massachusetts is touted as having the "most effective gun laws in the nation".

Menino spinning murder mystery: Mayor mum on homicide stats

A day after City Council President Michael Flaherty's car window was blown out by a bullet as he drove along bustling Dorchester Avenue, Boston police refused yesterday to make public the total number of Hub shootings so far this year.

The refusal – as Mayor Thomas M. Menino is seeking re-election – comes amid a rash of recent public gunplay that has alarmed city residents, and despite clear indications that shootings have jumped from 2004 to 2005.

It also flies in the face of the Boston Police Department's stated mission, at the time it unveiled its Tactical Intelligence Center this year, to track gun violence closely and produce fast, simple statistics so cops and community groups could focus on troubled districts.


"Shootings are out of control, but City Hall does not want anyone talking about them," said the law enforcement source, who asked not to be identified.

It's just stunning that the Mayor would be looking to prevent meaningful dialogue on the subject. I can't say I blame him much. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't want to be exposed as a complete, bumbling fraud in front of the voters, either.

Menino's spokesman, Seth Gitell, had no comment, saying "it's a police matter."

That's how it is with this jackoff. It's ALWAYS somebody else's fucking fault!

The Police Commissioner is withholding the release of crime statistics? That's a "police matter".

Too many guns on the street in the hands of criminals? Why, that's Vermont's fault.

Not enough police officers on the street? Too many potholes? Why that's the federal government's problem.

Bands of drunken idiots setting cars on fire and vandalizing buildings in Kenmore Square? That's Boston University's responsibility.

Detect a pattern yet?

The sad part is this clown will probably breeze through and win re-election to his fourth term.