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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

It's not the criminal's fault

In New York, two violent pharmacy robberies have resulted in six deaths.

Last June in Medford, N.Y., a gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong. Police said the suspect, taken into custody a few days later, was armed with a handgun and stole prescription drugs from the pharmacy before fleeing with a black backpack.

On New Year’s Eve,
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent John Capano who died while trying to subdue a suspect in a pharmacy robbery in Seaford, N.Y. Capano reportedly was shot by retired Nassau County police Lt. Christopher Geraghty who had been down the street at a deli and responded to the robbery along with an off-duty New York police officer.  The two ran out the back of the deli and down an alleyway to the scene three doors down, where they found Capano and the robbery suspect wrestling on the sidewalk.

Geraghty didn’t know who was who. Capano and the robbery suspect were struggling over Capano’s service weapon. When it went off close to Geraghty, Geraghty thought the person who fired was the robbery suspect. His reaction was to fire back. Soon after, the off-duty NYPD officer shot and killed the robbery suspect who had a long record of pharmacy holdups.

Geraghty is personally devastated and has sent a note of condolence to Capano’s family. Capano’s brother-in-law Tony Guerriero says, “We only blame one person for the whole thing, and that was the criminal.”

It’s unfortunate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. doesn’t take the same approach. Schumer, instead, chooses to focus on painkillers.

"It's tremendously concerning that at the same time policymakers and law enforcement professionals are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, new super-drugs could well be on their way, flooding the market," said Schumer. "The FDA needs to grab the reins and slow down the stampede to introduce these powerful narcotics."

On a smaller scale, a Milwaukee police officer made a similar surprising assessment last week after reports of cars being stolen as owners left them running and unattended to warm up in the cold weather.

"Really, the main reason it's gone up that dramatically is that people are being lazy," said Shellee Lubus, a police officer in District 7. "They're taking a chance it's not going to happen to them. And lo and behold, even within a few minutes, they're going to come out and they're going to find out their car is gone."

Using the officer’s words, “the main reason” for the stolen vehicles isn’t because you have criminals residing in a certain area who can’t be trusted; it’s you “lazy” car owners.

In certain Milwaukee neighborhoods, it’s unwise to leave a car running with the doors open. Even so, I wouldn’t call the law-abiding citizens “lazy.” I’m sure that sage insight is of great comfort to the innocent victims.

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