Ed Flynn goes to Washington.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn went to DC to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He advocated banning some guns.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn called on Congress to pass a ban on new sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to civilians, saying “our nation’s cities are enduring slow-motion mass murder every single year.”Flynn was testy, like he was channeling his inner Tom Barrett (failure as mayor of Milwaukee and 3-time loser to be governor of Wisconsin).
Flynn was one of several witnesses to appear at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,” a bill authored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California.
Flynn cited Milwaukee crime data and invoked specific incidents in the city in recent years involving the use of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He said that in less than three years, seven of his officers were shot with assault rifles or semi-automatic weapons.
"How many people have to get murdered in a mass murder for it to be enough?" Flynn said toward the end of his testimony, invoking the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December.
"Is 20 babies enough to say these implements of murder should not be distributed? That's what we're asking!" Flynn said in comments that drew applause from those in the audience who were there to support the bill. Flynn also engaged in some pointed exchanges with at least one Republican on the panel, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham.
...When Graham, the South Carolina Republican, asked Flynn how many cases he had pursued against people who failed background checks, Flynn responded sharply:
“We don’t make those cases. We have priorities. We have gun cases. We make 2,000 gun cases a year … We’re trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns,” Flynn said. “We don’t chase paper, we chase armed criminals.”
I know this is just a clip but Flynn doesn't come off like a composed, confident expert on the matter.
In this video, it seemed that Flynn would have preferred to blow a vuvuzela than address Graham's point.
Flynn's obviously scripted sound bite, "We don't chase paper, we chase armed criminals," appeared to be his big line meant to counter background checks.
It fell flat as Graham questioned him in a calm, logical manner.
So Flynn admits that "paper," meaning background checks, are ineffective? He appears to argue that they're irrelevant, that he doesn't care about them. But then, he turns around and insists, "We're trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns."
OK, how do we determine the "wrong people"?
I guess Flynn is saying that ALL citizens are "wrong people" when it comes to particular weapons.
Chief Flynn is flailing here, like a true Leftist, substituting alleged passion for reason.