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Gun Rights Debate Rages Between Law Enforcement Executives

October 09, 2015  | 

After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. He'd written a letter to Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., saying gun control was not the answer. In the letter, Hanlin pledged not to enforce gun regulations he believed to be unconstitutional.

What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.

"Talking about firearms now is like talking about race," says Richard Beary, chief of police for the University of Central Florida and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "These are difficult conversations, and people get very polarized on each side of it," NPR.org reports.

It's not unusual to see law enforcement executives arguing with each other about guns in public.

Take the situation in Milwaukee. The county sheriff, David A. Clarke Jr., is a champion of gun rights; earlier this spring he released a statement attacking the city administration for being "anti-gun" and "anti-Second Amendment," and for "blaming the gun instead of the behavior."

Milwaukee's police chief, Edward Flynn, responded to Sheriff Clarke by saying that he wouldn't hold back from talking about guns and how they get into the hands of criminals.

 


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Michael @ 10/10/2015 7:51 AM

A true Police Chief would not inhibit my or any American's 2nd Amendment right in any way, shape, or form. Those who do are simply politicians who fail to understand their oath as a Police Officer

House @ 10/10/2015 8:04 AM

The whole article was this short? Wow reaching a little arent we PM? You cant compare guns to race thats ridiculous, its apples and oranges for chrissakes. No new law and specifically an 'assault weapons ban' would have stopped that massacre in Oregon...the ignorant (no matter how they feel about guns) still believe a law (a belief on a piece of paper) is going to stop a bullet...

UncleMike @ 10/10/2015 2:49 PM

Actually there's no valid argument for "gun control" and Sheriff Clarke is entirely correct. The Constitution is very clear and any Law Enforcement Official who takes up an anti Second Amendment stance is violating his/her Oath Of Office and should be subject to whatever penalties that are appropriate for said violation of their Oath. If their Liberal Mayors demand that they "toe the line" and come out in favor of violating their Oath they should resign their post immediately. Unless of course their honor and Oath mean nothing to them.
In which case they're good Liberal Toadies and deserve the scorn of the good people serving under them.

American @ 10/14/2015 1:02 PM

The biggest contributor to societal gun violence is the replacement of the moral nuclear family in America with the single mother household. Period.

Robert @ 10/15/2015 10:46 AM

I disagree with "American" above.
The biggest contributor to societal gun violence is the lack of a functioning mental health system AND the inability to keep guns from the hands of people who are mentally unbalanced.
A person in this country, who is diagnosed as having a sever mental illness can still purchase and own firearms. Yet if this person forgets to take their medication (or has some other lapse)...they may immediately become mentally unstable. Now you have a mentally unstable person with a firearm.
A very high percentage of people in US Jails, shot by police and who commit mass shootings have one thing in common...mental illness.
Until we are will to talk about that subject, and spend money helping that segment of society...we will continue to have these problems.
We basically have 4 options: lock them up in jail, after a crime; lock them up in mental health system; ban guns OR treat the mental ill

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