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Report on guns shows the left’s double-standard
News & Observer ^ | October 9, 2019 | J. Peder Zane

Posted on 11/26/2019 12:34:00 PM PST by Perseverando

The left’s latest charge against North Carolina Republicans is a doozy: They’re too cheap to prosecute criminals.

That’s how they’re spinning a recent Charlotte Observer report that about half of all weapons charges in the state are dismissed —including 68% of cases in Mecklenburg County, 58% in Durham County and 45% in Wake County.

The left’s attempt to blame the GOP rests, of course, on the idea that we can solve this — like every other problem — by spending more money. There’s some truth to this, as the Observer reports that North Carolina spends less per capita on its courts than any other state-funded system. “If prosecutors didn’t offer plea deals and dismiss cases,” the Observer reports, “the court system would grind to a halt.”

But that spending stat, the latest figure, is from 2012, which means it reflects a court system built by Democrats during their century of reign before the GOP took control in 2011. Sounds like we could spend more but there’s plenty of blame to go around.

There are deeper problems with the left’s analysis that will not be solved by hiring more government workers. The Observer reports that prosecutors often dismiss charges “because they lack evidence. Some witnesses aren’t credible. Others go missing. Still others refuse to testify.”

Translation: They let many suspects go because they can’t make a case that will stick. Isn’t that how the system is supposed to work?

The Observer reports that weapons charges are concentrated in low-income neighborhoods. Given the cases cited and photographs of offenders that illustrate the articles, this appears to be code for African Americans.

For years now the left has complained about the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” that has led to mass incarceration of blacks. While our swollen prisons are a legitimate concern, it has described

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; charlotte; guncontrol; guncrime; mecklenburgcounty; personaldefense
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1 posted on 11/26/2019 12:34:00 PM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Democrats are upset because Republicans don’t put more black men in prison?

That seems to be what they’re saying here.

2 posted on 11/26/2019 1:29:17 PM PST by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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