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The President: We owe law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by RussP, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Here is what he proposing.
     GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO PREVENT AND PROSECUTE GUN CRIME: We owe law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe. The President will:
    o Call for Congress to pass the Administration’s $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 cops on the street.

    o Call for Congress to pass new gun trafficking laws, which will impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals.

    o Take executive action to enhance gun tracing data by requiring federal law enforcement to trace all recovered guns.

    o Propose regulations that will enable law enforcement to run complete background checks before returning seized firearms

    o Nominate, and call for Congress to confirm, a director for the ATF.

    o Call for Congress to remove restrictions that require ATF to authorize importation of dangerous weapons simply because of their age.

    o Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

    o Direct the Department of Justice to analyze information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

    o Provide effective training for state and local law enforcement, first responders, and school officials on how to handle active shooter situations.​
    What does all that mean?

    Is more needed to be effective?

    Is some of that wasted time, energy and money?

    Is any Federal "help" really wanted? That may be too loaded of a question...

    If non-LE GT members want to ask questions, serious questions, please do. However, confiscation, donuts, JBT comments are off the table.

    There'll be zero tolerance for trolling. Doing so will earn reward-points, not the good kind.

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013
  2. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    I saw an article in the local paper a couple of days ago which was likely from the AP. It stated that of 80,000 denied gun purchases only 44 were prosecuted last year. Of course some were due to clerical errors. Still, I figure it would be more likely for the offender to trip on the way out, than be prosecuted. Why is that? It seems even more interesting that sales through FFL holders account for roughly 40% of firearms sales.

    If these figures are true, makes me wonder what ATF has been doing in the last twenty years. :dunno:

    On the other hand, if the pinches were being made, where are the offenders going to be housed, what about the cost to incarcerate them?

    Secondly, these mass shooting seem to be committed by mentally unstable people. Other than being adjudicated in a court of law, there is essentially no means to prevent a wackjob from legally acquiring a weapon.

    Two days ago, I had a conversation with a lady about her 71 year old father. He is in the early stage of dementia. He is able to take care of his daily needs, but beginning to do the zany things that goes along with it such as inviting people he just met on the internet to stay with him, getting taken for Nigerian schemes, and blazing through the last of his retirement fund on ridiculous stuff. He has also always had a temper. He has now decided he wants to buy a gun, go through the training, and get a CCW permit. Essentially, other than trying to obtain control via probate court there is nothing the family can do to avert this looming problem.

    Of these two issues, the mental health is by far more important to me. Perhaps it is because one of my duties is as a Crisis Intervention Team Deputy, and I get to interview the mentally unstable people, and often enough take them for an involuntary hospitalization. Most of the hospitals that treat psych problems have closed, and there is little funding to address these issues. So, what do you do with people that are marginally able to take care of themselves? Anyone who has worked corrections for a couple of years has watched the same people, with the same special needs keep getting into trouble.

    The rest is superfluous to the problem.
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  3. If his lips are moving when he talks about cops, he's lying.

    Unless he's talking about his Big Sis boys and girls.
  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    He's going after C&R's? Really? How many crimes are committed every year with antique Sharps rifles? He is simply looking for anything he can call a "loop hole" and offer an answer to it.
  5. I think the President is in a situation where he HAS to do something!!! Personally, I would like to see background checks and a 10 day waiting period, at least, for everyone buying a gun. The same as in California. I don't see how this would infringe on anyone's rights.

    I don't see how very old weapons are any problem, How many crimes are committed by some one with a 1880 Springfield trapdoor carbine? For that matter, how many crimes are committed by a 50 caliber BMG rifle? I only know of two, total, accross the entire U.S.

    Putting more police officers on the streets with proper training and background checks is very good, It should have been done years ago. But giving them frivolous jobs to do that really won't do anything to really curb crime is pointless!! I have handled gang related murders where gang members could not get a gun so they simply stabbed the rival gangster with a knife several times, another where they beat the guy senseless with a 2X4 and a base ball bat then set him on fire with gasoline!! However it might help to prevent things like 20 or 25 people being murdered in a 3 minuet attack at a school, unless perhaps a bomb is used.

    I thought I heard Obama say on the news that we need to totally enforce the gun laws we already have and I am totally in favor of that. Whatever happened to "use a gun, go to prison"?

    Overall it could have been much worse and I can live with it.
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  6. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    15,000 new officers is less than one per LEA. Of course you know the big cities in blue states are going toget way more while departments in smaller cities are going to get jack.
  7. Pete7072


    Aug 23, 2012
    He wants to fund cops? Add 1000 school resource officers? Too bad your 98000 schools short. Put your money where your mouth is. We have over 2000 laid off cops in NJ. And yes Im LEO
  8. As Blue would say, our thief in chief is yet another classic example of a used adult diaper.

    Oh, I forgot: it's for the children.
  9. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    I am certainly not opposed to funding to help some of these financially strapped state/local departments keep their officers on the payroll.

    I do not understand what is mean by new gun trafficking laws. In some cases, a criminal obtains a firearm through a straw buyer, as was the case of the recent tragic shooting of firemen responding to a house fire. Neverthess I thought that was already illegal. I also seem to recall in the aftermath of Colombine a girlfriend of someone being culpable for obtaining a firearm and she didn't get charged.

    I am not opposed to mandating background checks for all gun sales, but I don't see where any of that would have prevented any of the mayhem. I've heard rumors that Adam Lanza tried to by a gun the week before and got turned down. He resorted to killing mommy and stealing hers.

    As far as data bases go, I realize that they sometimes help law enforcement trace a recovered firearm. On the other hand, if something was legal when I legally bought it, I don't really want anyone other than the factory warranty department keeping any records that I have it as long as I'm behaving in a responsible, legal manner.

    Appointing an Obama chronie as ATF director will have no positive effect on the argument.

    Banning C&R firearms importation? Since when did anyone use an M1 Garand or an 03A3 Springfield to commit an attrocity? Since when has anyone used an M1 Garand to commit garden variety homicide within US boundaries? Are XM15s, M16s and M16A1s coming up as eligible for import from Viet Nam?

    They've been giving lip service about prosecuting gun crimes for years, but in reality? The NRA has been calling for that same thing for years, and it seems like the libs want look the other way just to spite them.

    I also thought that most reported gun thefts, as long as the owner had the serial number got reported in NCIC. If not, its a pretty good idea to do. Then again, people don't record the serial numbers of their TVs or computers either, and that would make clearing a burglary case much easier for us also.

    I believe that gun owners, including law enforcement must be more conscience about storing firearms when they're not being carried. How may cops lose guns when someone breaks into their cars, department or POV? How many people do not understand that a gun safe, while not the end-all, is generally the most secure way to store firearms? Taking responsibility for the things we can control is better than being forced to accept responsibility for the the things we should have.

    Active shooter training? How are the feds going to make this better? I'm a fed and when I wanted to provide my people with active shooter training after Virginia Tech, I went to a local department SWAT. They gave us some great training! I need to go back for more because state/locals are most likely going to be the first reponders and are usually up to speed on what is current doctrine. What will Big Sis do besides scare kids? What expertise does DHS have over NTOA or other professional training associations?
  10. Dukeboy01

    Dukeboy01 Pretty Ladies!

    Apr 30, 2000
    Lexington, KY
    The only thing that I think "more" might be more effective is to prosecute more Federal gun crimes. The Federal prosecutions for gun crimes have dropped dramatically under this administration.

    Yeah, probably.

    Unless they are going to pick up the prosecutions, all of the rest of it's window dresssing.
  11. The cause of the Newtown shootings is plain and simple: That STUPID woman did not keep her guns properly secured. That should have been the only legislation to come of this: Secure your guns, or face at the very least a Misdemeanor charge. If the gun is used in any type of crime, guess what: You too are an accessory. That's all we needed. Not the usual political opportunism, capitalizing on the blood of innocents to further their sinister agenda.

    I find myself pondering these days in part over what I would do if I ever see NATO troops on our streets. Sound far-fetched? Maybe not.
  12. Booker


    May 10, 2006
    What the Police need are faster cars! That way it'd only take them 10 minutes to get to a school shooting instead of 20 minutes!
  13. Ohio Cop

    Ohio Cop

    Mar 1, 2012
    The Rust Belt.
    How about you finally fully staff the departments in my area?

    I get in the car and go in service some nights and I'm already stacked 6 deep in calls.

    We are so short handed in this area it's ridiculous.
  14. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    The new Taurus plain jane models have 20 more HP than the CVPI.
  15. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    F-yeah. My Ohio county has 688 square miles, and usually 4 Patrol Deputies on my shift. We added 6 rooks last Saturday, but have washed out about 75% in the last few years.
  16. I will say this, what the POTUS put out I agree with for the most. How it is implimented is where it could go bad.

    Majority of the shootings and gun sucides I have dealt with, the people had mental issues and should not have owned guns.

    I have taken cases for threats, where a person stated they wanted to kill an ex worker, they had a gun on order, there was no legal way to stop him from buying the gun as he passed the back ground check and we could not take legal action to stop a sale.

    I have been in a few gun shops where policey were looking for wanted people who had plans to buy a gun, the police wanted a call if the suspect came in, but could not say "dont sell him a gun".

    A violent domestic abuser will tend to be able to buy a gun, as he has not been convicted.

    A local gun dealer sold a .50 cal to a strange person, they contacted the ATF. The person came in again to buy another .50 cal, the shop owner said he woud order it as the one on display was spoken for. They called the ATF and were told sell him another .50 cal. By the third .50 cal order the ATF sent agents, after the third sale and they lost track of the buyer who left the country.

    So yes, there needs to be a real time, shared fed/local/medical background data base. The ATF and ICE are jokes and a waste of money. IMHO fire them all and let states have a shared data base and extra agents for the job, then let the FBI or DEA clean up the messes that cross state lines.

    Some places need more police/resourse officers and dont have the funds.

    I can live with the EO's that Obama wants right now.
  17. I can't because it's strictly theater of the absurd for the stupid. He would have had my interest and potential support if he had said, "Hey! Here's a novel idea! How about we enforce the laws already in effect. How about we get some lazy federal prosecutors willing to step up on gun crimes. How about we clean our house first before we tell everyone to clean theirs."

    He parades children behind him yet how many people and children has been killed in Mexico because of guns people in his administration allowed to go out?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013
  18. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    ya hear that? he owes us.....i hope he starts with fast and furious.
  19. boomhower


    Feb 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    Some money for active shooter training would be nice. We do have active shooter training every year but we can't afford force on force training. It's simply to expensive for the conversions and sim rounds.