If You Say #CopsLivesMatter, Then You Need To Support Reasonable Gun Laws

A memorial service took place in honor of La. State Trooper Steven Vincent's home town of Iowa, La., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the Iowa High School football stadium. (Kirk Meche - AP)

A memorial service took place in honor of La. State Trooper Steven Vincent’s home town of Iowa, La., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the Iowa High School football stadium.
(Kirk Meche – AP)

Much has been made in local news recently about two Louisiana police officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty. The weekend before last near Lake Charles, State Trooper Steven Vincent was shot by a man who had a long criminal history when Trooper Vincent approached his vehicle which was stuck in a ditch. The trooper did not know that the suspect had also apparently killed his roommate earlier or that the vehicle was stolen.


This past Wednesday, right up the road from me, Sunset Police Cpl. Henry Nelson was killed when a domestic violence suspect took his service weapon from him. Earlier this month, a Shreveport officer was shot when responding to a call of a suspicious person. In New Orleans, two officers have been killed by suspects so far this year, both with guns.

In 2015 so far, 24 police officers have been intentionally killed with guns – 5 of those have been in Louisiana, more than any other state in the country by far. Yet, mention to almost anyone here in Louisiana that the state has some of the most lax gun laws and highest levels of poverty in the United States, and suddenly you’re an insensitive jerk. I know this because I pointed this out a number of times on my local station KATC-TV3, and was swarmed with angry comments claiming that only prayers and more guns would keep officers safe. It sounds crazy, but that seems to be the overwhelming mindset here in the murder capital of America – as well as throughout much of the country.

These people love to counter the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag with their retort of #CopsLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter, but these are just mostly empty excuses for the very real problem of violence in the United States, especially gun violence. As much as they claim to support law enforcement, they’re unwilling to do anything about the ridiculous number of deaths that happen every year thanks to guns. To much of America, changing their Facebook profile picture to honor a fallen officer and posting #CopsLivesMatter while saying that they’re praying is about as far as they’ll go.

There is no doubt about it, America has a very sick love affair with guns, and it doesn’t look like our culture will end it any time soon. As a gun enthusiast, this deeply concerns me. Since when does being a gun owner and supporter of the 2nd Amendment mean you have to oppose all checks and balances to make sure that the mentally disturbed and criminals don’t have easy access to firearms?


The sad fact is that the NRA and the gun lobby have opposed any reasonable regulations when it comes to guns. Can you imagine what the public outcry would be if the alcohol lobby pushed for open container laws and more lenient penalties for drunk drivers? Imagine if they claimed that alcoholics were to blame for fatal car accidents, but not easy access to convenience stores for habitual offenders? Using gun fanatic logic, we shouldn’t have laws preventing minors from buying alcohol because they’ll just find a way to get their hands on it anyhow.

If you say that you support law enforcement, then how about supporting universal background checks and stricter sentencing for crimes committed with a firearm? We can protect police officers and the public in general by having laws that do not restrict the rights of responsible gun owners, but do make it much harder for criminals and the violent mentally ill to obtain guns. Don’t let the gun lobby tell you otherwise.



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  • Macon Sense

    “These people love to counter the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag with their retort of #CopsLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter,
    but these are just mostly empty excuses for the very real problem of
    violence in the United States, especially gun violence.” – From above
    article

    The
    key there is “the very real problem of violence” and although guns are
    commonly used to facilitate violent acts by many of these criminals,
    where focus needs to be made is not on the tool they use but rather on the root cause of
    the violence. Whether it is hate, insanity or anything in between,
    there are factors in these people’s lives that drive them to the point
    of committing violent acts. If someone is hell bent on committing a
    violent act, they will find a way to make it happen regardless of what tool they use. What everyone
    should be honing in on is what is causing the violent behavior and how
    do we resolve that problem. Figure that one out and you save lives.

    • Dave Noether

      Right on Macon Sense…but anti gun people don’t want to focus on the root cause of the violence….they ignore it. They ignore that we have a morality problem in this country as well.

  • I
    have to disagree with your assessment. Gun violence isn’t an issue. Guns
    don’t kill people. We have a people problem. Background checks are
    already required. New laws aren’t the answer. We need to enforce the
    ones that are already on the books.

    Now
    to the racially motivated movement “Black Lives Matter” you should take
    note that this movement is all about violence and anarchy.

    I’m
    pretty liberal on this issue of Gun control as I’m what you would
    consider a RINO … but you missed the boat on this by a yard arm…

  • My2Bits

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    • My2Bits

      And just for kicks: where do criminals get their firearms? This recent Chicago university study is not surprising
      to a lot of people and law-enforcement.
      And the results are similar to studies performed by the Justice
      Department in the 1990’s. (Another bit
      of information gun-control lobby groups don’t share, and even censor, with
      their followers). And it’s why
      people and law-enforcement say the recently passed universal background check
      laws in Oregon and Washington are unenforceable and will not work.

      http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/915770/university-chicago-survey-finds-crooks-get-guns-from-pals-dont-keep-them-long

      • FD Brian

        gun laws can work, they did in Australia, but it has to be a national issue. If you think mentally ill people are going to go into the ghetto to buy a gun to kill a shit load people, you’d probably be wrong, they also wouldn’t have the $20,000 it would probably take to purchase a black market AK. And I’m actually less concerned with people who obtain their weapons illegally as I am to those who get them legally.

      • Dave Noether

        You are paranoid

      • Joe Wright

        ” I’m actually less concerned with people who obtain their weapons illegally as I am to those who get them legally.”
        I can’t believe you actually believe that. If you think that the Australian gun laws have worked you should take a look at total murder statistics. People just switched to different things to commit their murders, You know, thinks like clubs, knives, axes ……. The total murder rate is actually the same as it was prior to their draconian gun laws.

      • FD Brian

        but the mass shootings not so much, which is why the new laws were enacted.

  • Charles Vincent

    LEO’s don’t support new gun laws they support citizens having arms.