I was just browsing through the article below. It concerns the Garda of Ireland.
The thing that caught my eye was something quite simple. Ireland appears to be importing it’s Law Enforcement officials from outside Ireland and the women at that.
I don’t think Irish cops are inept. It could very well be that they are competant enough to NOT accept politically correct bullshit like gun control. So, that could lead to a conclusion that homegrown talent is being bypassed for key positions.
Former OPP Commissioner Gwen…uhhh…Gwen…What was her last name again? The one before Julian Fantino…? Yeah. I know I should know. I guess she didn’t impress me enough to bother to remember her name. Google it? Why? That would mean I might actually care to remember.
Anyway…last I knew, she was supposed to be with the Garda.
The name in the article below has something strikingly similar. A foreign female policeman brought from overseas. I suppose IF the Irish were trying to infuse PCBS into it’s police heirarchy they could do well to look within their own ranks first. I mean, there has to be one or two Irish female cops that could be worthy (or propelled) to hold lofty positions. It could even be passed off as a source of pride for Ireland.
Oddly, I have to wonder where is St.Patrick hanging out? Ireland needs a cleaning.
…and for her position on private handgun ownership? Ms. O’ Toole’s last name seems rather fitting.
Garda Inspectorate head backs ban on handgun ownership
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Kathy O’Toole, the head of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate, has lent her support to proposals by justice minister Dermot Ahern for a ban on private handgun ownership.
O’Toole, a former police commissioner in Boston, said she would ‘‘absolutely’’ support a total ban on handguns, based on her experience of murders in the US which were related to the theft and misuse of legitimately owned guns.
Earlier this month, Ahern said he would introduce legislation next year that would lead to a complete ban on the private ownership of handguns. The minister’s move came after the shooting dead of Shane Geoghegan in Limerick, in a case of mistaken identity.
The number of handguns in private ownership has risen from zero in 2004 to more than 1,800 at present, after a number of gun owners challenged the prohibitive application of firearms legislation by gardai involved in licensing guns.
O’Toole, who was appointed chief inspector of Garda Siochana Inspectorate by former justice minister Michael McDowell in 2006, said that her experience of private handgun ownership, while working as a police officer in the US, had been extremely negative.
‘‘I have always been anti-handgun,” she said. ‘‘I’ve had to respond to those horrific calls of teenagers shot and killed or injured in inner-city neighbourhoods. I think any major city police chief in the US would be [anti-handgun].”
O’Toole said the debate on handgun ownership did not arise in the US, where the right to bear arms is protected by the constitution, subject to qualifications of public safety. However, she cautioned about relying on the argument that most gun owners are law-abiding.
‘‘A lot of guns that are used in the commission of crime in the States – and I suspect that trend will develop here, if there aren’t controls – are guns that are stolen from their rightful owners,” O’Toole said in an interview in the end-of-year edit ion of the Law Society Gazette.
Ahern is liaising with the gardai, senior officials in his department and other interested parties about the handgun issue, and has indicated he may make allowances for those involved in sporting pistol shooting.
The National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), the main firearms lobby group in Ireland, has consistently argued that legally held handguns do not pose a risk to public safety.
The NARGC has lent financial and legal support to gun owners who have successfully challenged the state on gun licensing.