New survey sends message to lawmakers in Washington
As politicians in Washington prepare for the debate on tighter gun laws, Houston law enforcement officers hope they listen to what they have to say about the issue.
And what they said in a recent survey was this. Bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines won't work. New gun restrictions won't help. And 29 percent said the best way to prevent future mass killings would be more permissive concealed carry policies. Houston Police Officers Union President Ray Hunt told KTRH he hopes Washington is paying attention.
“I think the ones who are educated on the subject realize that this is a knee jerk reaction to what took place in Newtown,” Hunt said.
Hunt explained why tighter restrictions wouldn’t have an impact.
“Most of the people who purchase guns are law abiding citizens that are using guns for protection. They are not using them for a mass shooting,” Hunt stated.
But is Washington listening? Strategist Matt Mackowiak thinks they might be.
“After Newtown there were bold discussions about what was going to happen,” Mackowiak said.
But it now looks like the only thing that may pass are expanded background checks thanks to an amendment proposed by Senators Joe Minchin and Pat Toomey. And even that might not pass.
“I still think the chances of this becoming law are less than thirty percent,” Mackowiak said.
According to a report, only 52 Senators would back them as of last night, short of the 60 votes needed.