Even police officers are sick and tired of Republicans in Congress offering only “thoughts and prayers” instead of doing something tangible to prevent gun violence.
During a press conference on Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown had strong words for Republican lawmakers who profess anger that five cops were killed last Thursday but still refuse to do anything that would prevent future shootings.
I was asked, ‘What’s your opinion on guns?’ Well, ask the policymakers to do something and damn it I’ll give you an opinion. Do your jobs. We’re doing ours. We’re putting our lives on the line. The other aspects of government need to step up and help us.
Here are the videos via Twitter.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 11, 2016
Dallas Police Chief Brown to Congress: “Do your job” pic.twitter.com/rhhoWPKSVX
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) July 11, 2016
Brown later added his views on open-carry laws like the one in Texas that allowed many people to carry weapons during the demonstration on Thursday night, which caused much confusion among police officers until protesters helped them identify where the shots were being fired from.
“We don’t know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting,” he said.
Here’s the audio via NPR.
And his position is much the same as President Obama’s. While speaking to reporters in Poland on Saturday, President Obama dared Republicans to prove they really care about the lives and safety of police officers by helping to pass sensible gun control measures.
If you care about the safety of our police officers, then you can’t set aside the gun issue and pretend that’s irrelevant…We can’t just ignore that and pretend that that’s somehow political or the president is just pushing his policy agenda. It’s a contributing factor, not the sole factor, but a contributing factor to the broader tensions that arise between police and the communities where they serve…There is a way to talk about that that is consistent with our Constitution and the Second Amendment. The problem is even mention of it somehow evokes this kind of polarization…between a very intense minority and a majority of Americans who think we could do better when it comes to gun safety.
The time has come for Republicans to ignore the NRA and do the right thing for once in their political careers. The lives of Americans and the police officers who serve us should be more important to protect.
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