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Milwaukee Mayor, Police Chief Blame Rise in City's Gun Violence on Concealed Carry Law

April 20, 2015  | 

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn (Photo: Milwaukee PD)
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn (Photo: Milwaukee PD)

A man is shot dead after accidentally crushing a toddler with his van; in the gunfire, the toddler's teenage brother suffers fatal injuries. A 17-year-old girl is slain by an errant bullet after two other girls in an argument call their boyfriends for backup. A 4-year-old girl is wounded after 13 bullets rip through her home.

Dozens of violent incidents so far this year have left at least 43 dead, and the number may already be higher, with police investigating the deaths of two people Friday as possible homicide by arson.

The questions abound. What were they thinking? How could this happen? Who is to blame? And most important: What can be done?

In a meeting Friday with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editors and reporters, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn singled out Wisconsin's 2011 concealed carry law for criticism, saying shooting incidents are up every year since it was approved. Particularly galling to them: The law forbids virtually all concealed carry data from being released — even to law enforcement — making it impossible to gauge its ramifications.

Barrett and Flynn have long argued that guns are too easy to purchase and too easy to keep. Carrying a gun without a permit is almost always a misdemeanor, no matter how many times someone does it. Further, people with multiple misdemeanor convictions remain eligible for concealed carry permits.


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Gray Buckley @ 4/20/2015 3:37 PM

We are to believe that Wisconsin's law prevents law enforcement from learning whether the shooter has a carry permit; and that all the shooters in the cited incidents had carry permits. If that is so, how do did law enforcement find out? Wasn't that secret? Such a dog won't hunt.

kevCopAz @ 4/20/2015 3:40 PM

Vhief, I have praised you in the past, but this time don't think you are correct. Here in Az we have had free gun laws for a very long time and don't have the same issues as you do. Don't blame the guns, blame the folks who either by culture or circumstance use the weapons incorrectly. I could say that perhaps your gun violence would have been worse if NOT for the CCW rules. I don't have any stats to base that on, but northern do you. Face it, you have a criminal emolument and a culture that does not respect life, thats your problem .

John Carp @ 4/20/2015 3:56 PM

Whom ever was quoted in the "statistics", are clearly pulling them out of the air.
I would hazard a guess that both the Chief was appointed by the mayor, who is a politician. Although Wisconsin's CCW civilian permits are confidential, I am pretty sure that when an armed citizen must use his or her weapon, the responding LE are told that the citizen has a state CCP. After all it is a CCWP, they are not 007. The figures just don't add up. A person who under goes a back round check and training, is not the type that 13 "bullets" in to an occupied residence. Additionally, most misdemeanor convictions carry a firearm prohibition with them. Most likely another contrived "fact". If the good mayor and chief do not know whom and whom does not have a CCWP, then how can they possibly attribute the "rise" in gun violence to civilian carry. Were I a betting man, these two probably aspire to Washington DC. Just say'in......

jojo @ 4/20/2015 4:22 PM

Yep, blame the guns. If you remember the uncle who shot the driver for running over the toddler came out of the house with a gun. I guess facts don't matter when you want to blame someone or something. I bet if you looked into these other "examples" you would find they weren't related to concealed carry either. The criminals have guns, who shouldn't the law abiding have them?

TERRY @ 4/20/2015 4:26 PM

They are spouting off without all the Facts. How manuy of those shootings involved a person who held a Licensed Cary. It seems strange that other states with a Concealed carry Law experienced a fall in Crime rates after the law took effect... EVERY STATE.

Rich @ 4/20/2015 5:55 PM

What percentage of the shooters has a permit?

Retired Chief @ 4/20/2015 6:38 PM

Politically correct BS. In every other place where CCW has been implemented gun crimes have gone down. Maybe MPD needs a new leader

Rob @ 4/20/2015 8:18 PM

Sure, the chief, appointed by the Mayor, agrees with him. No moral issues there! The article never says whether these shootings had anything to do with legal concealed carrying people. Crappy journalism.

Tom Conlin @ 4/20/2015 8:55 PM

So let me get this straight, Chief Flynn... ever since the concealed carry law went into effect, gun crimes have risen, but in the very next sentence you and the Mayor admit you have no way to know if there is a correlation between these crimes and legal carry? Like, are you saying there were no gun crimes before CCW took effect? That's certainly not true. Or are you trying to say that all these gun crimes since 2011 were committed by CCW holders, though you have no way of knowing that? I call bull-spit! Chief Flynn, does your Mayor expect you to back his narrative/opinion up at the expense of the facts, is that it? Man, get your act together. Don't just go before the press and admit you don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. It makes you look less like a truth, facts and law-and-order advocate and more like an anti-gun advocate. Not demonstrating leadership there.

CB @ 4/21/2015 5:08 AM

Given that violent crime in general and firearms-related violent crimes in particular are declining everywhere else in the U.S., perhaps the Mayor and the Police Chief should consider the possibility that there are circumstances unique to Milwaukee that have nothing to do with concealed carry permitting. I wonder if the mayor is one of Bloomberg's...?

David VanHouten @ 4/21/2015 7:48 AM

@CB according to Bloomberg's latest nice sounding group hiding its true gun control agenda, Everytown for Gun Safety, Milwaukee, WI is indeed listed as a member of that organization. That tells me everything I need to know about the comments put forth by the Milwaukee Mayor and it's Police Chief. It immediately discredits them as liberal gun grabbers

Bill Jewell @ 4/21/2015 7:54 AM

CB you are right on with the Mayor being one of Bloomberg's pets, I think the only one in that area that has any real brains is there Sheriff.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/21/2015 3:01 PM

I wonder what Sheriff David Clarke thought about all this garbage. Bloomberg contributed a substantial amount of money to try to get the Sheriff defeated last election. Thank god the people saw through that. Sheriff Clarke is not afraid to stand up to the phonies!

Billy - COUNTER TERRORISM @ 4/22/2015 8:13 AM

Scary to think that an official like the Chief would make these statements. Why is the local media not even questioning him and the Mayor's comments?

Jim Parrie @ 4/26/2015 12:00 AM

Sounds like scapegoating to me.

Doc @ 4/27/2015 1:46 PM

How does he come up with his conclusions when in his own statement he says " The law forbids virtually all concealed carry data from being released — even to law enforcement — making it impossible to gauge its ramifications." If it's "Impossible to gauge" he must be pulling it out of his a** ! Typical politically driven (gun hating) Chief!

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