A great report from Mother Jones recently came out detailing that “America’s Police Chiefs Call BS on Arming Teachers“. Republican elected officials always give lip service to respecting local law enforcement, perhaps they should take their own advice.
From Mother Jones:
J. Thomas Manger, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, is also the longtime police chief in Montgomery County, Maryland:
Arming teachers, he says, would put police officers and others in a problematic situation. “A cop shows up and there’s people with guns in their hand. We don’t know who’s the good guy, who’s the bad guy. That’s very dangerous for the police. And it’s dangerous for the community,” Manger told me. “The more guns that are coming into the equation, the more volatility and the more risk there is of somebody getting hurt.”
Arming more civilians, they agreed, almost certainly will not help matters. What would help, they say—something Congress could do now—is a new assault weapons ban, laws requiring universal background checks, and a repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from funding research on gun violence.
“I just don’t see any legitimate need for assault weapons. They’re weapons of war. They’re not for hunting. There’s no reason for them. None. Zero,” says Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research group aimed at helping police do their jobs better. Proposals to raise the legal age to buy an assault weapon from 18 to 21 have gotten some bipartisan support. But that’s not nearly enough, Wexler says. Manger agrees, calling the age-limit proposals “an absolute baby step.”
The Republican party has started to bash law enforcement of late as it is politically expedient to attack the FBI. This is of course because Donald Trump does not like the fact that they are enforcing the law and investigating crimes.
“The rule of law depends on the confidence of the American people that our prosecutors and investigators apply the law fairly and without bias or regard for political influence,” Boyd wrote.
Democrats blasted Republicans for attacking the FBI and the Justice Department, saying that many of the memo’s findings are distorted or baseless.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff of California, said the memo is “rife with errors,” while his Senate counterpart Mark Warner of Virginia called the GOP accusations “extraordinarily dangerous.”