Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and step back from the conflict between “liberals” and “gun righters.” Many of you know I hunted and carried a gun for over 1/2 of my life (Marines and police). I don’t write this from a lack of experience and not knowing evil. But where I see things today is this: We are a violent society (I know, we’ve always been so!) but that should not prevent us from being less so. We need to take a look at the big picture — who we are as a nation, and where we wish to go and how we wish to be. Sure, it is the fault of blood thirsty gaming, libertarians, violent media, violent sports, bullying, the NRA, an eleven-year-old war, silent elected officials, domestic violence, a failing mental health system, drugs, poor parenting skills, and so on. The fact is dear folks, it’s ALL of this and we need to first start to change the violent things in ourselves, our families, all our relationships, and especially how we act at home, at work, and in our neighborhood and community. It’s all about being peaceful and making peace. Can we begin the New Year with a commitment to simply be more peaceful in our lives and in our speech? If we do, we will have made a giant step toward assuring a better future for our children and grandchildren.
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I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives. View all posts by improvingpolice