jsonline: Invoking both the Newtown school massacre and chronic gun violence in American cities, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn urged Congress Wednesday to ban sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to civilians.
"I've wondered frequently in the past decade how many people have to get murdered in a mass murder for it to be enough," Flynn said. "Is 20 babies enough to say these implements should not be so easily distributed?"
Sen. Lindsey Graham argued that the government should instead do more to enforce current laws, asking why it was that so few people who fail background checks are prosecuted for lying on their applications to buy guns.
Flynn interrupted to object. "You know what? It doesn't matter!" Flynn answered, "We don't make those cases, senator. We have priorities. We make gun cases. We make 2,000 gun cases a year. That's our priority. We're not in a paper chase. We're trying to prevent the wrong people buying guns.
That's why we do background checks. If you think I'm going to do a paper chase, then you think I'm going to misuse my resources."
Later, in a Journal Sentinel interview: “So it's specious," he said of complaints about the failure to prosecute people who failed background checks. "It's just one of those things they throw out there to pretend we're not doing our job." “If you can't hit your target after 10 rounds, you're a menace to society. I mean, stop it."
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Milwaukee's Police Chief interrupts do nothing Republican Lindsey Graham.
I thought this appearance of Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn was spot on about gun legislation to save lives. Sen. Lindsey Graham continued the freeloading Republican thing of doing absolutely nothing, suggesting we "enforce the laws on the books." Code for "is this over yet?" Or how about that the new one; go after the mentally ill. Love that piece of "small government" laziness. Check out why Flynn decided not to waste his time while addressing the Senate Judiciary hearing on guns: