Tulsa’s top cop Wendell Franklin suggested to Tulsa’s public radio state-affiliated media outlet that Americans should trade their Second Amendment rights to get a handle on gang violence.
Talk about a historically illiterate man. Was he attending a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity class instead of American history?
What a buffoon.
From Tulsa Public Radio – state-affiliated media.
Tulsa police chief suggests nation transform response to gun violence
As mass shootings plague the country, Tulsa’s police chief is comparing the violence to 9/11 and urging a more comprehensive response. KWGS’ Max Bryan sat down with Chief Wendell Franklin for StateImpact. Please note, both the audio and transcript have been edited for length and clarity…
MB: So you’ve also criticized a lack of regulation of untraceable ghost guns and straw purchasing. Recently you indicated you would support regulating the purchasing of high-powered weapons like AR-15s. Is there anything you can add to that list today?
WF: Ultimately, I’m a Second Amendment guy. I own guns of course. But I’m okay giving up some of that freedom, right? We had to give up some of that freedom after 9/11. I’m okay with waiting three days, five days, or whatever to get my firearm if I go out and purchase another firearm. So I’m okay with a pause to allow for weapons to be purchased and allow the government and the gun companies to look at the background and do a thorough check before that gun goes to someone.
You’re welcome to give up all the freedom you want for yourself, chief. Turn in your guns. Leave your department sidearm at the office.
You won’t be giving up my freedom though, and I’m pretty sure a hundred million American gun owners might feel the same way.
Benjamin Franklin shared his thoughts on the manner back in Colonial times. “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Or put in Biblical terms: those who turn their swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not.
Or in the modern civil rights era: Armed blacks don’t get oppressed. Or lynched.