On Monday, in a morning meeting at the White House, President Obama spoke with law enforcement officials from across the country on the issue of gun-related violence.
While the gathering had the look of a free form and open discussion, it was quite clear that Obama was sending a message to those in attendance: I need you to support my push for gun control reform.
Yet, in order for Congress to pass those measures, both chambers need to be convinced or swayed that doing so is the “right” thing to do. This is where law enforcement comes into play, as Obama pointed out.
There’s little doubt that because of its role law enforcement has a key voice in the debate over gun control. In short, Obama’s correct, Congress will be paying close attention to what the law enforcement community has to say on the matter.
But unfortunately for Obama, thus far, over 120 sheriffs from around the country have come out against his plan to curb gun-related violence, particularly those measures that are deemed to be unconstitutional as well as those that threaten to ban certain firearms and accessories.
- Obama Makes Appeal to Law Enforcement to Support Push for Gun Control (VIDEO) (guns.com)
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- Police push for background checks on gun purchases (cnsnews.com)
- Obama, police chiefs push gun control (sfgate.com)
- Police push for background checks on gun purchases (news.yahoo.com)