Queen Nancy didn't get her unconstitutional gun ban, so the next step is that favorite leftist meme, "social justice."
The Moscow Human Rights Commission is holding a "Social Justice Forum" titled "Murder, Weapons and Violence on the Palouse: What Should We Do?" next Thursday night.
Well, first of all, the Palouse doesn't have a murder problem, Moscow and Latah County have a murder problem. Latah County's murder rate for 2007 is 19.65 murders per 100,000 residents. That's worse than the 2004 murder rate in Miami, Memphis, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, New York and Boston.
Whitman County's 2007 murder rate is 0 murders per 100,000 residents. Pullman has not seen a murder since 2005, and those were committed by, you guessed it, a Moscow resident.
Secondly, does any rational person believe that "economic inequality" or "racism" (two major tenets of "social justice") drove certifiable psychos John Delling and Jason Hamilton to commit mass murder? If anything, in Hamilton's case, the justice system was far too lenient with him. We need less hand-holding, namby-pamby, feel good, kum-ba-yah nitwittery like this forum and more judges and peace officers ready, willing and able to kick ass and take names.
Here's the City of Moscow press release:
To: Interested Media
From: Gary J. Riedner, Moscow City Supervisor, 206 E. 3rd St., Moscow, Idaho 83843, telephone: (208) 883-7006, Fax: (208) 883-7018, e-mail: griedner at ci.moscow.id.us
c: Mayor, City Council, City Management Team
Date: October 11, 2007
Re: Moscow Human Rights Commission to Hold a Social Justice Forum
The Moscow Human Rights Commission announces a Social Justice Forum, "Murder, Weapons and Violence on the Palouse: What Should We Do?" to be held Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Moscow Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 E. F Street.
Numerous panelists have been invited, including judges, lawyers, professors, and mental health professionals. A brochure for the event is attached.
The purpose of the forum, states Moderator Tim Gresback, is to "discuss the reasons for the recent increase in homicides and explore what measures can be taken to decrease the likelihood of future tragedies."
Following short panelist presentations, the public is invited to ask questions. Moscow Human Rights Commission Chair Ken Faunce states that "we wanted to provide the community a voice in shaping our evolving strategies to cope with violence."