Chief Tango sends us a link to the Washington Post report of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing in preparation for forwarding gun control legislation. I don’t think the Senators realize that a hearing is for gathering facts to consider in writing their legislation. For example, they brought in the father of one of the children who was killed in Newtown. I’m sure that his pain is real and I certainly sympathize with him, but beyond admitting that his son was killed, there was no reason for him to be there, because he had no facts to offer the committee. He succeeded in making some people in the room weep – but that’s emotion and there has been entirely too much emoting going on in regards to gun control.
When Senator Graham tried to get facts out of the witnesses, they started emoting at him;
Tempers flared when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quizzed [the U.S. attorney for Colorado, John] Walsh and [Milwaukee Police Chief Edward] Flynn on prosecutions of people who fail gun background checks.
As Graham questioned Walsh, Flynn interjected: “I want to stop 75,000 people from buying guns illegally! That’s what a background check is.”
When Graham asked Flynn how many background check cases he had referred for prosecution, the chief snapped back: “We don’t chase paper, we chase armed criminals.”
Yeah, well, that’s very mature, chief. The whole problem with gun regulations is that no one is enforcing them. When we’re contemplating strengthening gun laws, we should know what needs strengthening. You were there to testify to the committee, you should have had arms load of paper for your testimony, but instead you brought in arms loads of chips on your shoulders.
Obviously, the chief wanted Congress to make his job easier by disarming everyone, and he didn’t want to put forth the effort to be prepared, or give the appearance of being prepared to inform Congress – which actually means he wasn’t prepared to inform the very Americans he wants to disarm. He’s an administrator, and that’s what administrator do – chase paper. When was the last time the chief of police of Milwaukee chased a criminal? More likely he was often chasing some politician’s sweet, sweet butt cheeks to lip-lock.
Don’t give us that sanctimonious bullshit about chasing criminals – answer the f-in’ question, numbnuts. If you’re not prosecuting people who illegally try to purchase firearms, you’re not doing your job. And who exactly are those 75,000 people you’re trying to keep from buying guns, anyway? I’m sure there aren’t 75,000 people in f’n Milwaukee who aren’t eligible to legally purchase a gun, dillweed.