Thursday, August 2, 2012

Law enforcement and more gun control

Since the Aurora shootings, I've seen several articles reporting police call for more gun control.

I'd like to know more about who these police are. Some of the stories cite something called the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Is this an established group? A new one?
At best, the organisation's apparent website seems incomplete.

Have the organisations listed on the website formally signed off on the group's agenda?

And who's providing financial backing for this scantily documented group presented as speaking on behalf of all law enforcement?

So, I dig a little deeper on the web.

And I think I get closer to the truth. The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is an organisation birthed by the anti-gun Joyce Foundation:
In October 2010, with support from the Joyce Foundation, 10 law enforcement organizations created The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, which aims to bring the collective voice of law enforcement organizations to bear on policies impacting public safety and gun violence. The partnership groups have agreed to a shared commitment of principles and five action goals, including support for policies that help prevent gun violence and curb illegal firearms.
Is it really fair to imply a broad-brush police endorsement of more gun control when, in fact, the call is coming from an coalition that's not only advocated more gun control since its inception, but was formed with that specific intent and purpose.

How seriously should we treat a group that's had two years to set up a website, but hasn't moved beyond an 'under construction' page?

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