Saturday, December 19, 2009

New York Helps Indiana reported on the appointment of Frank Straub as Public Safety Director of Indianapolis.

Straub has a doctorate in criminal justice. He became commissioner of Public Safety in White Plains, New York in 2002.

Before going to White Plains, Straub was a special agent with the United States Department of Justice. He was also the New York Police Department's Deputy Commissioner of Training, responsible for developing and implementing the New York City's Police Department-wide, first-responder training.

Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Vane told 24-Hour News 8 police will be on board with the selection of Straub because of his experience.

Vane said, “At the same time as the attacks as the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Centers, commissioner Straub was a member of the executive staff of New York City Police Department and in charge of training. New York has a population of about 8 million.”

This could be of enormous importance in the struggle to stem the flow of guns from Indiana to other states like Illinois and New York. The Indy Star had this as one of Dr. Straub's priorities:

Controlling gun trafficking

"My own personal perspective is we have way too many guns on the street and way too many people that own guns," Straub said, adding there is no clear national policy dealing with guns.

"The policy has to start at the federal level and then work its way down to the states and to the local level. Until we control the flow of guns between states . . . you have a problem."

Did it take a New Yorker to come in there and say that? What's wrong with the State of Indiana that something as obvious as this has to be pointed out by an outsider? Of course the pro-gun crowd, threatened by Straub's common sense observations, do not see it that way.

Roberta X says "Dr. Straub doesn't look to be likely to fit in." Caleb cites the Constitution in reference to Straub's assertion that there "no clear national policy."

I guess time will tell how well Dr. Straub fits in. And perhaps Caleb will stop pretending that he doesn't understand what is meant by the "national policy." The obvious idea is to get all the States on the same page as far as interpreting the Constitution. Heller, so often cited as a gun-rights victory, left the door wide open for reasonable restrictions which, some people think need to be applied everywhere.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. I guess carpetbagging is still in style.

  2. AztecRed said, "I guess carpetbagging is still in style."

    Well, actually I do associate Indiana with Alabama and Mississippi more than its northern neighbors.