President Obama delivered a nearly hour-long address during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in an effort to gain support from law enforcement for his efforts to reform the criminal justice system and implement stricter gun-control laws. To build support from this skeptical audience, Obama delivered a speech that addressed many of the challenges police face and offered measures such as increasing budgets so agencies can hire more officers to focus on enhancing community relationships. Learn more about what Obama proposed to help police agencies across the nation.
After the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, a very intelligent friend of mine posted a question on social media that got me thinking. He asked: “When are Americans going to do something about their angry 20-year-old white men with guns?” While such tragedies continue to incite the debate about gun control, it is important to remember that a gun is just a tool and such horrific incidents are perpetrated by people of all races. But there are common threads in many of these mass shootings, namely religion and mental illness. So how can average citizens help prevent such incidents? Start in your own community. Here's how.
By Dennis Porter
On May 13, CBS4 news reported that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department had experienced a number of misfires with their Glock semi-automatic handguns as well as some of their 9mm pistols. The incidents reported had occurred only during training sessions and not when the guns were fired in the field.
By Leischen Stelter
The Tennessee Department of Correction recently announced that its probation and parole officers would soon be carrying guns. Beginning in July, Tennessee officers will undergo training to carry 40-caliber Glocks, with all officers armed by 2018.
Equipping probation and parole officers with firearms is becoming an increasingly common practice and many states arm these officers as a matter of officer safety.