President Obama can’t win with the right wing, no matter how hard he tries. Some Denver cops, retired and active, complained that the President shouldn’t use law enforcement officers to stand behind him as he gives a speech on gun control at the Denver Police Academy. They believe it sends the wrong message, as though law enforcement stands behind him in his push for universal background checks and stricter gun control.
Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama’s planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.
“This is wrong and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Mike Rossi, a retired Denver police detective who left the department in 2005.
CBS4 has learned that the Denver Police Department has been asking for officers — in uniform — to volunteer to stand behind Obama as he makes his speech Wednesday at the Denver Police Academy. Source
Mike Rossi might be in the minority, since numerous police officers volunteered to stand behind the president. I would imagine the police officers, more than anyone, would want tighter gun control measures and less guns on the streets. I guess Mike Rossi didn’t get the news that yet another law enforcement officer was gunned down as he sat in his car — Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot at point blank range by Tennis Melvin Maynard. Sheriff Crum’s murder comes days after Kaufman County TX district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home.
According to media reports, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund preliminary data shows since April 2, 2012, 28 police officers have been killed nationwide, with 13 of those murders caused by guns. So excuse me while I take the complaints of a handful of Denver cops whining with a grain of salt.
During his speech, President Obama rejected concerns that new background checks might lead to gun confiscation, saying, “I am constrained by a system our founders put in place,”