In a message targeted to “city gang members and illegal gun toters,” Attorney General Eric Holder joined Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy and other officials in New Haven to announce “the launch of Project Longevity, an anti-violence initiative modeled after Boston’s Cease Fire program,” Litchfield County Times reported today.
“Moving forward, the effort will be replicated in cities across the state,” the report states, outlining a program where gang members have been told “If you ‘drop a body,’ all the resources of New Haven police and its state and federal partners will focus on you — and all of your associates as well.”
While going after violent criminals instead of using the press conference to stump for further gun bans is a positive sign, and indicative of a political pragmatism that can see which way public sentiments are trending, Operation Ceasefire’s impact on Boston murders, or in whatever other city similar effort s have been tried, is arguable. Essentially what the press conference appears to have announced is authorities are going to do what they should have been doing all along, but they’ll be getting more “federal” dollars (and resultant oversight and string-pulling) to do it with.
While none of the assembled press evidently saw fit to use the opportunity of a public appearance before media to ask Holder some tough questions about his role in the Fast and Furious gunwalking criminal enterprise, his prepared statement was not totally devoid of interest to gun owners keeping tabs on his doings as a matter of rights preservation, and he did include some pointed references that need to be interpreted in the context of ongoing federal actions.
“[W]e’re leveraging the strength of our collective efforts not only to develop innovative, data-driven strategies for combating this epidemic – but to foster robust and lasting engagement between federal, state, and local leaders, as well as community organizations, academic experts, and law enforcement professionals,” Holder announced.
That dovetails seamlessly with continuous efforts to treat guns using an epidemic/public health model, and also reaffirms another trend troubling to liberty activists initiated by so-called “fusion centers” conflating their advocacy efforts with actions of terrorists.
As for today’s presser in New Haven, don’t expect to see any real and lasting impact on crimes of violence, as true root causes are rarely eliminated by throwing good money after bad. Today’s event was about sharing in the spoils of the administration’s political victory, about Eric Holder advancing his agenda incrementally while feeling totally safe presenting himself to a supportive press, and about creating the illusion that those in charge really are, and that they have solutions to justify charging their positions of personal privilege to the productive sector.
As an aside, there was an interesting requirement imposed on the “Authorized Journalists,” and that was that they truly be authorized. Per Holder’s Public Affairs Contact, Thomas Carson, “All media must present a government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.”
Left unsaid is whether Holder’s legally-argued contention that such requirements discriminate against minorities was somehow magically suspended for today’s media partnership event.
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