The only thing the nation has become numb to is the lack of punishment for
criminals. The public doesn't want their guns taken away, they want
criminals punished by the laws that currently exist! We need crime control.Alcohol kills more people than guns each year by far, yet we don't
ban alcohol from responsible drinkers nor do we even threaten to water down
their drinks. So why take that approach with guns when it's clear that
only law abiding citizens will be hurt by current gun control thought. Let's be real honest too, gun control folks will not be happy until
all guns are restricted.
If Burbank wants to set public policy, then he should run for office. CSPOA is a law enforcement organization that objected to the laws. Including
the Utah Sheriffs organization. The laws were more than background checks, how
many Americans were for limiting magazine capacity or another assault weapon
ban? Why are background check polls the only one referred to.
Shameful! A police Chief should be the one person the public can rely on to be
living in reality. A person who's goal it is to ensure that people feel
safe in their homes and neighborhoods. I hope all who read this article realize
his beliefs do NOT represent the majority of Law Enforcement. As a matter of
fact, almost All Law Enforcement apposed those new gun control measures. The
majority of All LEO's Believe in the Constitution, including the 2nd
amendment!! And last, "ALL" LEO's know that guns are not the issue,
and Know that trying to add new control measures will have ZERO effect on gun
violence. A chief, of all people, knows this. So, his comments are both sad
and confusing. (and very disappointing!)
well I guess its all where you do the polls....... if you went to Texas it would
most likely be 90% saying they are in favor....... here in utah it would be a
high %%% of people in favor for what has happened with the gun bill. I
don't understand..... really I don't understand if the things we have
in place were used the way they were supposed to then maybe we wouldnt have
these gun issues.Oh and by the way the deceased Boston suspect, whom
was on sevearl watch lists from the Government had firearms "where did he
get them?"Just saying...... there are things in place that
appear to not being used, lets use the things we have in place.....I
know someone is going to to slam this and ask "what things" but maybe Im just some rube from a small town that doesnt get to see the
things close up like the rest of society.....
Utah Constitution, Article I, Section 6. [Right to bear arms.]
The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and
defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other
lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the
Legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.Aren't the 2
senators to represent Utah?It seems like they have.
Do people really think senators from Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas and Alaska
are going to vote for gun control? Of course not. The senators from these states
voted the way their constituents wanted them to vote.
Burbank should resign.
I am happy that I do not live in SLC with the Police Chief not willing to
support the constitution. Statistic after statistic has shown that a well-armed
populace has fewer crimes. Crimes are committed by those who know that they are
going to get away with the crime and if the public is not armed then what do the
criminals have to fear. Just ask the man that was trying to break into his
ex-girlfriend’s house and was later confronted with a samurai welding
neighbor. He got in his car and fled the scene.
If you want to talk about "the will of the people" - can we include
Obamacare and illegal immigration?
The bill expanding background checks was only that. It did not include other
measures. The NRA falsely said the bill would lead to a national registry.From Politifact:"So what did the Manchin-Toomey
amendment say about a registry?First, it made reference to federal
law that already bans creation of a federal registry.Since the mid
1980s, it’s been against federal law for information from background
checks to be "recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or
controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision
thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or
firearms transactions or dispositions be established."That’s why, if you’re cleared to purchase a gun, the FBI is
required to destroy all identifying information about you before the next
business day.The Manchin-Toomey amendment doubled down on this ban,
declaring: "Congress supports and reaffirms the existing prohibition on a
national firearms registry."It also declared that nothing in the
legislation should be construed to "allow the establishment, directly or
indirectly, of a federal firearms registry."
@ TruthseekerAnd you are naïve if you think that it is
happening (the FBI destroying records the next day, or at all for that
matter).How is it that you can run a background check on a gun to
verify who the registered owner is, to determine if it is stolen? Police units
do it all the time to find out who a gun is registered to?
Perhaps Chief Burbank would like to know that 95% of people given speeding
tickets are disappointed or angry at SLCPD.Ergo, they should stop giving
speeding tickets.Add this fiasco to Burbanks stand on illegal aliens and
his failure to move out the Occupiers from public parks and private property and
you can quickly see that he should be fired.
The incumbent chief of police did not rise through the ranks of SLPD to his
office. If I recall correctly, he is a former police officer with the Los
Angeles PD. To better understand him we need to consider he comes from a very
politically correct background, where image is everything and reality is a minor
irritation to the image to be projected. Secondly he owes his paycheck to the
city administration, specifically Mayor Beck. So he spouts the party line.
Salt Lake is a very liberal town, he is doing what he is paid to do.He is more concerned with the "rights" of panhandlers and the fringes
of society than the rather boring, dull middle class who work for a living and
try to enjoy a city that is increasingly costing more to visit let alone live
in. In my not so humble opinion.
No problem. There are no laws requiring citizens to buy guns. Just don't
buy one.Don't restrict law abiding people their right to have
one.Where's the weapons control for Egypt, and Mexican cartels?
@Strider303Good post.Perhaps that explains his frequent trips to DC
to testify on behalf of the liberal agenda.A police chief from a red state
endorsing amnesty or gun control looks good on the surface, but underneath is a
progressive city employee who works for a progressive mayor.Not as
impressive as it first appears.
I agree with Worf-so many people buy guns and load up on ammunition because of
the fear and propaganda created by the NRA and the gun manufacturers. The fact
is if you fall to the unfounded fears of these people and buy a gun it is more
likely to be used on you or a family member. Don't be fooled by the safety
argument and hand over your hard earn money to these soul-less clowns. My
family is safer because I excercised my constitional right not to be a gun
owner.Now for those idiots that have bought guns that are used in a crime,
suicide or accidental shooting we need to lock them up. Their carelessness
damanged society and they need to pay a strict price. Zero tolerance for
criminals and careless owners will solve many of the tragedies.
Truthseeker,Politifact? Left-leaning orgs are not a valid sourceThere is nothing to prevent the current proscription to the creation of a
registry from being amended
a highly consevative group in australia got a gun control law passed and limits
on magazine capacity, with buy back programs and since this no mass shootings at
all. the stil own guns just not military.
he has a right to say what he feels just like all of you look it up freedom of
Burbank is a total hypocrite on the issue of background checks (and some other
laws where he chooses to ignore some he does not like).If he really
supports background checks as a crime fighting tool, let's see him put some
of his cops on cases and get criminals convicted. Intsead of demanding more
restrictions on law abiding citizens.In 2012 there were 2081 cases
where prohibited persons attempted to buy guns and were stopped by a Brady
check. (Of course they just stole one or got a friend with a clean record to
get one for them anyway...). Since 25% of all Utah gun sales are in Salt Lake,
probably 500 of the illegal attempts fall under Burbank's jurisdiction as
these are violations of Utah as well as federal law. Nationally
78,211 denials took place in 2011,and ONLY 44 were prosecuted.What
is Burbank doing to enforce gun background checks in Salt Lake- obviously not a
darn thing. Prove me wrong!Nor is he helping to enforce immigration
laws so we have a lot of avoidable violent crime from criminals who should not
even be here.
What a hypocrite. He refuses to enforce immigration laws. The vast majority of
the rank & file policeman supported the action of congress.
@lketWe are NOT Australia, we are the United States and we have a
constitution with a second amendment.We we have the right to say
what we feel, its called freedom of speech, and it just doesn't apply to
What I despise is when they pretend to know what the American people want. The
American people overwhelmingly told congress to bug off, quit messing with the
second amemdment. But what is really disappointing is to hear a Utah sheriff
talk like that. He sounds like a clone of Harry Reid. Please don't re
This is a man who is supposed to uphold the laws of the land including the US
Constitution, What a shame. As a citizen, I am concerned about bad people
everywhere. Terror handed out by individuals is one thing, but it can also be
handed out by governments. We have too many examples of both occurring today.
Disarming the public is the last thing I want to happen.
Thank you Chief Burbank for having the guts to stand up to the NRA. The data
supporting sensible gun laws are clear. Whether or not some Utahns are angry
about your positions on immigration or guns, don't worry. Integrity means
doing the right thing. Most of us seek rational legislation. Our Senators'
votes on this legislation embarrass us as a state. It's hard to understand
their professed sympathy for the victims of Newtown, etc. when they then turn
around and stymie any and all efforts to walk their talk. Maybe some day God
will forgive them for what they do. Hypocrisy is apparently alive and well in
the state and U.S. Senate.