January 29, 2013
The new social meme condemning guns has begun to permeate the mainstream with examples such as the recent arrest of a 22 year old father who posted a picture of himself and his daughter and a BB gun on Facebook. Police arrested the man saying that “the close proximity of the gun to the child created a substantial risk of physical harm.”
At a US Conference of Mayors, Jason Mattera, an investigative journalist was removed from the event after asking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg if “in the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?”
Mattera was briskly escorted out by security guards.
Bloomberg ignored Mattera’s question which prompted the reporter to ask: “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans? Look at the team of security you’ve got. And you’re an advocate for gun control?”
President Obama has had a scheduled meeting with the chiefs of police from Aurora, Colorado; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Newtown, Connecticut. Other participants in the meeting will be the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Major County Sheriffs Association (MCSA).
MCSA wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden earlier this month admonishing the Obama administration for their stance on gun control. MCSA said: “A ban on assault weapons alone will not address the issues of gun violence we are facing in our country today. The issue we have is an access problem: individuals with severe mental illness should never have access to guns.”
The letter continued: “Mr. Vice President, we have an epidemic of untreated mental illness in the United States, manifesting itself in long lines in emergency rooms of folks waiting for psychiatric beds, dramatic increases in homelessness and victimization, a greater demand on police and sheriffs who, for all intents and purposes, have become front-line mental health workers, and — as we discussed last week – an increase in the number of acts of violence, including homicides, committed by mentally ill individuals who are not being treated. We need more resources and placement options for individuals and families that need our help before an act of violence, an arrest, or an attempted suicide occurs, as well as after. Law enforcement simply does not have adequate access to mental health records when responding to 911 calls and when admitting people to our jails; having more information would help us identify resources and treatment alternatives in appropriate cases.”
Sheriffs from across the nation are standing up and publically announcing their adverse position to the Obama administration’s gun grab. In states like Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, California, Missouri, Alabama, Colorado, South Carolina, New York, Georgia, Texas and Montana are becoming vocal about their disdain for federal gun control regulations being implemented in their county or state.
Sheriff Mike Downey of Humboldt County says that he is “”I’m concerned about the assault, the intrusion on the constitution.”
In Wisconsin, Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. spoke to his constituents in Milwaukee County in a radio ad urging them to learn how to use a gun for self-defense. Clarke said: “We need you in the game. With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff’s Association believes that this move is a call for vigilantism. Felber said: “That doesn’t sound too smart. People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Clarke explained that: “People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of law enforcement. I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression. After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking `Hey, I’ve got an untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public.”‘
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is in the process of having legislation passed in his state that would make implementation of federal gun regulations illegal. Bryant explains: “If someone kicks open my door and they’re entering my home, I’d like as many bullets as I could to protect my children, and if I only have three, then the ability for me to protect my family is greatly diminished. And what we’re doing now is saying, ‘We’re standing against the federal government taking away our civil liberties.’”
Over the weekend, the Seattle Police Department held a gun buy-back in a parking lot with a sign that said: “Cash For Guns”.
Instead of the police coercing the public to voluntarily disarm themselves for a gift card from the police department, patrons were selling guns amongst themselves in what turned out to be a makeshift gun show.
One Seattleite turned in a launch tube for a Stinger surface-to-air missile.
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz remarked: “I’d prefer they wouldn’t sell them.” Diaz continued on saying that for now, private sales were legal; hinting that this would change in the near future.
In Trenton, New Jersey, police were able to acquire an estimated 2,500 guns in their buy-back program at the state capital. Residents received cash cards ranging from $25 to $250 depending on the type of gun and its legality.
In Miami, Police Chief Manuel Orosa made an example of a sawed-off AK-47 that was traded in for cash. Orosa said: “That could have led to tragedy. That kid could have played with that weapon, could have shot it, could have shot a friend, could have shot himself.”Add This to Technorati Faves