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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 1:45 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

If barack doesnt think kids need protection by a responsible gun owner at schools, why doesn't he be the first to show that, asking the secret service to not carry weapons as they protect his girls.

Or does barack really think only his kids are potential targets.

What if a parent of a Sandy Hook child had felt months ago the school needed an armed guard at the school? Are we to assume barack would have told that parent their kid was not a target?


Did Burbank mention to the President that the Trolley Square mass shooter was stopped by an armed carry citizen?.. ?

And did he say that if all the victims had been armed like the one who finally stopped the shooter, that there would may have been only one victim considering that the next potential 'victim' would be shooting back and not just 'hiding'?...?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Chief Burbank is a good choice for Obama's planning on gun control.
When it comes to Occupiers or illegal aliens Burbank can ignore existing law in the interest of political expediency.
So when it comes to our right to bear arms he'd be able to suspend the law as a means to an end.

Kearns, UT

Hey Burbank, everyone that I know that has guns practices "reasonable, responsible gun ownership." So your audience with the Pres didn't do anything for you or us.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

I can think of recent police shootings in Taylorsville and in Salt Lake City. The one at Taylorsville the guy had a knife and was shot by police. The other one in SLC around 900 East the woman had a BB gun and was shot by police.

I haven't heard of too many cases where an assault rifle has been used. Recent bank robberies a note was used, even the trolley square shooting he had a shotgun and maybe some handguns.

Anyone else recall what the trolley shooter had?

The point is, disarming honest law abiding citizens and stripping them of their rights is not going to stop this madness. Right now clubs and knives are the top murder weapon. If you could save just one life as Biden preached to us then it's worth it. Then why not go after clubs and knives?

Jumping over to abortions, if you could just save one of those innocent unborn defenseless babies, then it would be worth it. Right? Make abortions illegal. The proponents preach back that women will find another way that's harmful to them.

Same with killers. They'll find a way to do it.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

When did Obama call for a ban on all guns? He didn't. So the first two comments here aren't based in reality.

Open the ears.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

My last should read. "Killers will find a way. Whether they use a weapon or overdose on pills to abort a baby."

The other interesting thing with our current regime. They have no qualms with Colorado and Washington legalizing pot. They have no problem that children will have legal access to this substance. Children where it is proven to have a higher effect to their brains and causes more issues in their development.

So, it's okay to ruin childrens minds. And since we're going to allow more kids to become nutcakes, then the smart thing to do is to make sure they can only get assault rifles with ten round clips in them?

Why is no one in the media questioning this regime?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

In Utah, what's a policeman to do when confronted by a person in full military kit and carrying an arsenal? The guy is "within his rights" so an officer can do nothing until the guy kills somebody. That's absurd. We need to make that kind of behavior ILLEGAL so the police can draw down on and arrest this guy and protect the public.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Reasonable rules will be enacted. Don't jump on the the barricades yet, guns over everything advocates.



It is legal in UT to openly carry (unloaded)firearms except:

Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited and notice of the prohibition is posted
A secure area of an airport
Any courthouse, churches if posted, mental health facility or correctional facility that may provide by rule that no firearm may be transported, sold, given, or possessed upon the facility. At least one notice shall be prominently displayed at each entrance to a secure area in which a dangerous weapon, firearm, or explosive is restricted.

Concealed carry requires a permit.

Salt Lake City, UT

"That person was carrying a firearm legally, there was nothing our police officers could have done until he shoots and kills his first victim."

How did you know he was carrying legally? And you mean to say you've never approached an open carry person and engaged in conversation with them? From what I hear, police do it fairly regularly.

If there is 'nothing you could have done' when you saw an individual in full body armor carrying a .223, 2 pistols, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, then we've got a serious training problem with the SLC police dept. Because, really, people walk around like that all day.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@old switcheroo,

barack doesn't support having armed guards or teachers in schools.


And yes, it hurts liberals

DN Subscriber 2

If Chief Burbank would do his job and enforce immigration laws, he would have saved a number of lives in Utah alone.

Burbank is like most big city police chiefs- politicians first and elitists who distrust "We The People."

I think that Utah's Sheriffs are much closer to being right, and they have spoken out firmly AGAINST Obama's schemes.

None of the various gun control schemes Burbank and his pals are pushing have ever worked. Let's focus on controlling crazy people instead of disarming law abiding citizens.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Actually, NO ONE should ever be arrested for wearing a certain kind of clothing,(unless they are nude) nore should they be arrested for NOT breaking the law!!!

Are you people actually reading what you are writing? Irony Guy?

Are you willing to give up the right to dress as you wish?

People are so willing to give up their rights when they preceive someone else is a little different.
It is not the man walking around dressed like a soldier with a gun that is the threat.

Vacaville, CA

Obama and anti-gun advocates should insist that existing gun laws are enforced instead of coming up with new laws intended to restrict "law-abiding" citizens. Don't believe a word that comes out of Obama's mouth. His real aim is to institute a National Database so he can compensate guns.

Salt Lake City, UT

county mom:
"It is not the man walking around dressed like a soldier with a gun that is the threat."

Yes, it may very well be. If he is indeed a soldier, and is off-post walking around carrying a gun, then the likelihood of his being at least of some concern is genuine. If he is not a soldier and is dressed that way carrying a gun, then he, too, is of concern. Dressed like a soldier in public and carrying a gun (or two) is a pattern of behavior that calls into question 'why?'. Dressed and armed like that is not being "a little different".

Look--no one is saying he can't do it. But I, for one, want to know his intentions. I am a strong 2A advocate and supporter, but I am not going to turn a blind eye to everyone around me that is carrying a gun.

Am I paranoid? Don't think so. But, just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that aren't really after you. :)

Clearfield, UT

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is notorius for being an Obama yes man. He proved that with his stance on immigration reform, and his involvment with the Utah Compact. He says that police can't do anything till someone is shot and dead, but that is false. Police can stop suspicious people, and question them. He has also said in this article that nobody is coming to take away guns, but that they are just talking about future access to certain firearms which is still an infringement, and a violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Just like with immigration, Barack Obama, and Chris Burbank have it all wrong. They are both confused with the differences between everyone's best interest, and individual rights. Just like Chief Burbank is confused about the difference between "probable cause", and "reasonable suspicion". Limited access to firearms is just the beginning of the path to confiscation. Imposing personal beliefs, and opinions over the U.S. Constitution and on to the people is not the change that people, or this nation needs, or wants.


When the Sheriff of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, David Clarke, does a Public Service Announcement and asks the people of his county to "get in the game" and learn to protect themselves by taking a firearms safety training course, he is telling people the truth.

The police can't protect you from a violent criminal; you, as a citizen need to protect yourself and family until the police arrive; that is the total truth and I salute him for his courage and honesty.

I live in Florida, and every citizen is encouraged by the County Sheriff's to be capable of protecting themselves. An armed, responsible citizenry is the best deterrent to crime of any type.

Springville, UT

Shock me! Burbank is about as tough as a cotton ball on teflon.


The way to look at all the politicians who are currently in office is to consider them to be gangsters. It's not hard to do.... You know, like the song 'imagine, it's easy if you try.
For instance, Al Capone in Chicago's gangster era.
Would you want Al Capone and his gang to be the only one's allowed to have firearms? Remember the tommyguns?
No, you would not. You would feel like you were at the mercy of the merciless.
Therefore you do not want politicians in office to be the only one's who are allowed by law to defend themselves with firearms.

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