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Police Deaths Skyrocket After Weapons Ban Expires

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posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 11:05 PM

Police officials and law enforcement groups Thursday blamed a sharp increase in the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on more violent criminals who have access to deadlier weapons.

Statistics released Thursday showed that 101 local and federal law enforcement officers died on duty in the first half of the year, 31 more than had died at the same time last year. It was the first time in three decades that the toll had reached more than 100.

“Every assignment that a police officer is on is potentially life-threatening,” said Craig Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit group that compiled the statistics with the police advocacy group Concerns of Police Survivors. “And unfortunately, for the first six months of this year, it’s been particularly deadly for our police officers.”

Some of those weapons, like the widely feared Intratec Tec-9, were banned until 2004, but they became legal when Congress refused to extend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, even though President Bush, an opponent of gun control, promised to sign an extension.


I'm sure this will spark alot of debate between the pro and anti gun people.

Sure it's good for people to have rights to have their guns, but access to more deadly ones apparently is starting to backfire. Yes it is true that the bad guys will find ways to get guns if they are banned, but this is just making it even easier for them. Quite a predicament here.

posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 01:45 AM
so what will happen? Police will lock down blocks asking the ppl with registered weapons to give them up and have shootouts with the unregistered people?

This is indeed a pickle b/c a swing in either direction will cause more issues. HMMM...

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