Fallen Officers Brings Up Topic of Gun Control

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 07/07 2014 06:13PM

Updated 07/08 2014 10:44AM

Over the last week, the Hoosier state has lost three law enforcement officers, in the line of duty.  The most recent, a Gary police officer who was found shot to death in his cruiser yesterday.  On Saturday evening, an Indianapolis officer was killed during a shoot out with a suspect. And earlier last week, a Tipton County Sheriff's deputy died.  These shootings have local law enforcement agencies, reflecting on the dangers of the job, and they are causing many people to question gun rights and the Second Amendment.

The loss of two police officers in Indiana this past weekend has hit very close to home for the Fort Wayne police force.

"Tragic, Unacceptable, Scary, Unimaginable."  Michael Joyner says even though it's a different department, police officers are a family.

"The officers that were killed in the line of duty as the result of being shot, weighs heavy on our heart. And you look back and you ask yourself why."

Joyner says one problem is that assault rifles can be too easily used against police and the general public.  "These weapons have no business in the hands of individuals on the streets. They are weapons of mass destruction, we've seen it many times over and over."

CEO of the Urban League, Jonathan Ray agrees. "I feel like the type of weapons that are now readily available for people... the assault type weapons, the machine gun tools, really have no place in our society. except for law enforcement and military."

Ray says people do not need high powered guns for protection. "I think when we think about the second amendment, which says says the right to bear arms. that was decided at a time in this country when someone says this is your property and could just kick you off of it. We're no longer living in that type of environment."

Freedom Firearms Manager Matt Reeb says guns are not the problem. "The high powered rifle, the high powered handgun any of that is not the issue here. The fact of the matter is an officer lost his life because somebody did wrong. Not because of a tool. Not because of a firearm."

Reeb says the increase in shootings, is actually a reason to have all types of guns available. "Times are more dangerous now than it's ever been, and there is more justification for people to have use of firearms to protect themselves and their families."

As for the fallen officers, Joyner says that the Fort Wayne Police Department will not change their training or current instructions for how they respond to shooting situations.

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