Skip to comments.Obama faces tough sell with sheriffs on gun control
Posted on 02/03/2013 7:32:57 PM PST by marktwain
President Obama will travel to Minnesota on Monday with hopes of building support in the law enforcement community for his set of gun control initiatives.
However, public safety officials outside urban pockets are increasingly hostile toward a sweeping set of proposals they say would do nothing to curtail violence.
As the details of Obama's gun plan emerged -- a ban on assault weapons, a prohibition on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks -- urban law enforcement officials were among the most vocal proponents of the blueprint. However, over time, police officials in suburban and rural areas have expressed misgivings, with some becoming outspoken critics of the president's ideas.
That cultural gap has remained, and some analysts said it has become imperative for Obama to at least partially bridge it.
"It's essential for advocates of gun control to have the support of the law enforcement community," said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of the book "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America." "Americans are willing to give so much deference to first responders, but the problem is that many in law enforcement don't think the president's ideas are aimed at crime."
Exhibit A for that line of thinking is Sheriff Charles Jenkins, of Frederick County in Maryland. Unlike many of his fellow Maryland sheriffs, some of whom were deployed to Capitol Hill to champion the president's proposals, Jenkins is an unabashed critic of the president's recommendations for reducing gun violence.
"You shouldn't use these tragedies for political gain," he said. "Additional laws won't serve any purpose. In my world, the types of weapons [Obama] is talking about banning are sitting in gun safes."
Likewise, at least five state sheriffs associations, including Colorado, Florida and Georgia, along with
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I hope this gun fight drags on for two years...
That’s our cadre.
Take your laundry list of fascist dictates to Kenya ....
Sheriffs are not liberal political appointees like big city police chiefs.
Maybe if Barry Benghazi Fast & Furiously handed out some autographed pictures of himself “skeet shooting”, it would help ‘bridge that gap’. /S
Sheriff....defender of the real, upholder of the law and protection of the citizenry...
First Sheriff in Virginia in 1620.
real = realm
Member, Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, Fredericksburg, TX.
Obama can got to hell with his infringement of second amendment rights.
All of Zero’s grandiose, cash-burning, soul-consuming deals are like this: confusing on Wile E. Coyote’s drawing board, and the devil only comes out in the details.
“I hope this gun fight drags on for two years...”
Especially when you read things like this:
“Obama Reported to be Dismissing Military Leaders Who Will Not Fire on Civilians if Ordered”
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the skeet today!
Why try to sell to Sheriffs? They cannot enforce federal laws. Even the Supreme morons confirmed this with immigration ..