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Milwaukee chief of police wants tougher gun laws

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Governor Scotty isn't going to like this one bit. Seems Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” that crime has "undeniably" spiked because criminals are heavily armed and have access to guns.

What?! A law enforcement authority supports common sense measures to prevent more gun violence? Unheard of!

Per WisPolitics, Flynn wants to strengthen laws to make it harder for criminals to access weapons, but we all know that those gun-totin', firearms-fondlin' GOP elected officials want none of that. Talkin' to you, Scott Walker.

“Our problem here in Milwaukee is we have individuals who have chosen a criminal lifestyle and under the current statutory arrangements, it is more dangerous for them to get caught without their gun because of the life they lead than to get caught with it by us,” he said on the show, produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. [...]

Still, Flynn said the city needs help from the state Legislature. That includes fixing what he called a loophole in the state’s concealed carry law. [...]

He also called for a mandatory three-year minimum sentence for carrying a gun illegally. He said that would get inside the brain of offenders to encourage them to “leave the gun at home.”

Now if only someone could get inside the brain of gun zealots and encourage them to do the same. And yes, in an effort to be even-handed, I'm assuming that some of them have brains.

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VIDEO: Lindsey Graham called out by Milwaukee police chief during Senate hearing on assault weapons ban

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Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn wouldn't let Lindsey Graham get away with pestering him repeatedly with NRA talking points at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposed assault weapons ban.

Lindsey Graham:

...We absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books…

Flynn:

Just for the record, from my point of view, the point of a background check…

Graham:

How many cases have you made? How many cases have you made?

Flynn:

It doesn’t matter, it’s a paper thing. I want to stop 76,000 people from getting guns illegally. That’s what a background check does. If you think we’re going to do paperwork prosecutions, you’re wrong. 

Feinstein found it necessary to scold Graham who then briefly brown-nosed the chief. But he continued to badger Flynn, who had no problem interrupting L'il Linds with his own points.

Graham:

How many cases have you made for somebody violating the background checks?

Flynn:

"We don’t make those cases. We have priorities. We make gun cases. We make 2,000 gun cases a year, senator, that’s our priority. We’re not in a paper chase. We’re trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns. That’s why we do background checks. If you think I’m going to do a paper chase, then you think I’m going to misuse my resources."

"We don't chase paper. We chase armed criminals."

Think Progress has more, including:

Graham said that limited resources for police departments is a reason to bolster gun ownership, arguing that citizens would have to take the law in their own hands and protect themselves. “What this police chief is facing, is what every police chief is facing, less money so you may have to defend yourself,” he explained.

Hmm, who does that remind you of? Ah, got it, this guy: Sheriff’s pro-gun radio ads to be paid by taxpayers. “This has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with self-promotion.”

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks in Milwaukee, WI * 6p 9/22/12

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks on an America Built to Last in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1:40p EST

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Video- President Obama's Labor Day Rally In Milwaukee, entire speech

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UPDATE: I've replaced the first video with one that is of the entire speech.

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