Let us give a salute to the four police chiefs whom the Mass. gun advocates are suing. Let’s call the Roll.
Chief Bob Champagne, Peabody
Chief Gary Gemme, Worcester
Chief Richard Grimes, Weymouth
Chief Neil Ouellette, Danvers
My personal views are mine alone. I do not know what what the four chiefs believe other than their demonstrated dedication to upholding the Constitution and the laws.
I do not believe the gun advocates when they say they are allies of the police. Police officers are among the people most likely to be killed because we are awash in easy-to-obtain handguns. That easy availability also adds a major source of dangerous stress to the police workplace.
I would believe the gun advocates if were they to join with sincere and full hearts and throats in the campaign to prevent violence, especially against cops, kids and women. But having heard their statements and positions over and again for 30 years all I can hear, even when I try as hard as I can to push aside my biases, is a sense of entitlement and self-justification. I have yet to see or feel their sincere concern for victims.