This AM on City Life Henry called in to complain about crime on the streets of Lowell and especially crime as it impacts older folks, who do not feel safe on the streets of Lowell.
There was the usual discussion of more police and then I said, we should change our gun laws here in Massachusetts, resulting in armed citizens. The point behind that suggestion is that the Police have no (as in NO) duty to protect Citizens and the Property of Citizens. But, citizens armed have a right to defend themselves and their families and their property.♠ For the US Supreme Court Ruling (Castle Rock v. Gonzales), you can read this article from The New York Times. Having noted the SCOTUS ruling, I do think that appropriate legislation might be in order to correct this situation, but none has issued forth.
Back to arming the citizenry, over the weekend we had this report about Virginia and their year old "Concealed Carry" law in bars and restaurants. Crimes were actually down 5%, but the difference from the year before is not significant enough to indicate a major change. A hat tip to the InstaPundit for this item on Virginia.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Except maybe in New York State, which has the current English Common law view that if threatened one has the duty to retreat if possible.