Philly Mayor Calls For Gun Control & An International Police Union Director Disagrees

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  1. YeeHaa

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    Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called for gun control within hours of a prolonged active shooter situation, which left several uniformed police officers injured Wednesday.

    A gunman opened fire on officers attempting to execute a drug warrant. An hours-long standoff ensued while two officers remained trapped in a building, officials said. Gunfire wounded six cops.


    “Our officers need help. They need help with gun control,” Kenney said Wednesday during a press conference. “They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.”


    A retired policeman and director of legislative affairs for the International Union of Police Associations, Dennis Slocumb, did not echo Kenney’s call.

    “I don’t think gun control helps the [police] community. Gun control means passing laws that restrict guns. Criminals – by definition – don’t care what laws you pass,” Slocumb told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals.”

    “Making laws has never stopped criminals – ever, whether you’re talking about burglary or methamphetamine or drunk driving,” he continued in a phone interview.


    Slocumb said if restrictions were placed on firearms, criminals would still find ways to inflict harm on innocent people.

    “For God’s sake they’ll blow things up with fertilizer or go on stabbing sprees or use their vehicles to plow down pedestrians,” he said. “The fault isn’t the vehicle. It’s the person using it.”

    The retired officer from a farming community also added gun owners aren’t the nation’s issue.

    “I live in a farming community – hell everybody I know has guns. They’re shooting groundhogs and they’re capable of defending their family,” he said. “They’re not causing any problems. It’s gang bangers and these mentally ill people that are getting guns that they shouldn’t have in the first place.”

    He also values his right to bear arms.

    “I have carried a gun since 1968, and I continue to carry one. Thank God I’ve never had to do anything with it, but I’m not going to be sitting hiding under a chair if somebody tries to harm me or my family,” he said.
    https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/15/philadelphia-mayor-gun-control/
     
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    I agree with this. If you want to do something about gun crime prosecute the ones you have. If you cut a plea bargain on even one of them you lost your right to complain.
     
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    They don't need gun control, like the rest of the country, they need criminal control. This asshat was a multiple times arrested felon, with felon in possession of firearms charges in the past, he should have probably been in prison for the rest of his life, but the judges and legal system keep turning these assholes loose. We need judge and lawyer control more than gun control.
     
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    I’m an genuinely shocked and elated! This is exactly what needs to happen and anyone with any sense should agree, regardless of political leanings.
     
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    The mayor will not have his happy dance for gun control, he had his dance for the sanctuary city
     
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    Violent crime is as much a recidivism problem and anything else. It's a small number of people perpetrating a large percentage of the violent crime. Control those people, you control a large part of the crime. In many ways "broken windows" theory goes too far, but the basis is lock them up for the small stuff so they can't do the big stuff.