Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her anti-gun group are campaigning against state and federal laws allowing citizens to obtain concealed carry permits and have legal access and use of sound suppressors. They argue that such items would place more danger on law enforcement officers and they cite the number of police that have been killed, especially in ambush shootings.
A group of law enforcement leaders and gun control activists led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are launching a lobbying effort Tuesday to oppose Congressional bills which would decrease federal regulation of silencers and nationalize concealed carry permitting. The coalition argues that the bills would make law enforcement less safe.
In a memo expected to be sent to the White House, Capitol Hill and activists during National Police Week, the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense details its opposition to two Congressional bills and renews a call to close loopholes in the background check system.
“[Congress] needs to reject irresponsible calls to mandate the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms and allow free access to dangerous silencers, which present a new menacing threat to our communities and law enforcement professionals,” the memo says. “It is clear that guns in dangerous hands make law enforcement officers more vulnerable.”…
While on the surface, their argument may sound noble and plausible, they fail to admit that the vast majority of police killings, including the ambush shootings were not carried out by legal concealed carry permit holders. Some were killed by criminals who were already banned from owning a gun due to their criminal records. They also fail to admit that there is no such thing as a ‘silencer’. They only suppress the sound to help protect the ears, but the sound of the gunshot is still quite loud and audible.