Police chiefs in many cities are free to spout gun control nonsense all they want. They represent urban communities that tend to agree with them on the issue, so when they spout off, they get away with it. After all, they don’t answer to people like you and me, for the most part. They’re free to flap their gums without fear of repercussions.
However, many other police chiefs disagree with gun control. They recognize that law-abiding citizens are not now, nor have ever been, the problem. They take their position due to a variety of reasons, but they all maintain a pro-gun posture. Most of those, however, tend to stay quiet because they often feel it’s not their place to opine on politics. This despite living in areas where the community agrees with them.
But what happens when an anti-gun chief spouts off and their community disagrees? Well, you get stuff like this.
Testimony on Capitol Hill now has Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney under the microscope.
Brackney recently spoke to lawmakers about gun violence. However, the chief’s comments about banning certain types of weapons are now prompting hundreds to call for Brackney’s resignation.
“Any weapon that can be used to hunt individuals should be banned,” said Brackney during her testimony for the Protecting America from Assault Weapons hearing Wednesday, September 25.
Brackney spoke as a representative for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, telling lawmakers last week, “It is our organization’s opinion that violence – particularly gun violence – is a public health issue.”
It should be noted, however, that any weapon can be used to “hunt individuals.” Trust me, if an intruder is in my home, that individual is about to be hunted with whatever weapon I choose to use. It’s just that simple. It could be an AR-15 or a baseball bat. If someone is in the house, they represent a threat to me and mine, so I’m hunting their butts down. The weapon isn’t what they should fear, it’s me.
So what Brackney is saying is that she believes that all weapons should be banned, apparently.
As of this writing, the petition is almost three-quarters of its way to its goal of 1,000 signatures and will likely eclipse that soon enough. That’s not surprising considering Brackney’s comments.
And, frankly, they’re ill-informed comments. As previously stated, any weapon can be used to “hunt individuals.” That’s especially true of firearms. Even hunting weapons have been used to “hunt individuals” in the past. There’s nothing about a deer rifle that stops it from shooting a person. Shotguns account for a number of homicides each year. Handguns are used to kill even more folks and are the preferred weapon of criminals. They’re even used in a large percentage of mass shootings.
There’s absolutely nothing in those comments that represent a well thought out argument.
Should she be forced to resign? Well, that remains to be seen. If the people of Charlottesville want her gone, though, then yeah, she needs to leave. Maybe if she is forced out, though, some other police chiefs will stop using their official office to spout their personal politics.