The Associated Press is reporting today that actor and comedian David Spade has donated $100,000 of his own money to better outfit the Phoenix (AZ) Police Department with approximately 50 brand new AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, apparently with the hope that his donation would be done out of the public eye. The police in Phoenix and surrounding areas–especially to the south–have been increasingly finding themselves outgunned when facing the downhill consequences of the Mexican drug trade and an overly permissive immigration policy.
Spade, who apparently spent a good deal of time in the area before and during college, according to the article heard that police officers were buying their own firepower and wanted to help.
I’m impressed. When I first read about this today, I knew nothing of Spade’s political leanings–though later found out that he had given $2000 to a thankfully doomed John Kerry for President campaign in 2004–but did remember hearing that he had come out in support of the families of fallen police officers in the past. I’m also fairly certain that he has spent significant time overseas entertaining and supporting our military. Either way, good on him.
Of course, it’s sad that it takes a Hollywood actor to outfit our law enforcement officers–men and women and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters who already put their lives on the line each and every day–to fight against an element which, frankly, doesn’t need to be much of a factor. If President George W. Bush and Arizona Gov. [and Obama pick for National Security Director] Janet Napolitano had seriously confronted border security, we might not be seeing incursions into U.S. territory by the Mexican army, executions 175 miles north of the border in Phoenix carried out by drug cartel operatives. The $100,000 put out by Spade is just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to the monetary cost of our backwards immigration policy, our failure and refusal to enforce the laws currently on the books just as we enforce laws for speeding, for theft, for manslaughter, and more.
Good on David Spade for doing what he did. Absolutely fantastic. Still, I hope that we will wake up at some point soon and see the forest for the trees, see that we don’t need to address the downhill consequences of illegal immigration if we confront the nonfeasance and malfeasance of those on both sides of the invisible non-fence who spit in the face of American laws, American sovereignty, and not to mention Americans like you and me.