FBI stats show that 26 police officers were shot and killed with guns in 2013. Of these, half were killed by people who were completely barred from gun possession.
According to Huffington Post, 13 of those who shot and killed officers in 2013 “were prohibited from possessing guns in the first place.” They faced 100 percent gun control due to “prior criminal convictions, mental illness or other factors,” yet they ignored the prohibitions against gun possession and stole or otherwise acquired the guns they used to carry out their heinous deeds.
For example, one of the 13 was a 25-year-old named Eriese Tisdale. He was driving a car in St. Lucie County, Florida–although he did not have a driver’s license–and freaked out when Sgt. Gary Morales turned on his lights to pull him over. Tisdale told WPTV 5 that he did not stop when Morales tried to pull him over. He said he kept thinking Morales was trying to pull him over because he was black and had “dreads.”
Morales used his car to try stop Tisdale and Tisdale eventually complied. Morales ordered him out of car, and Tisdale argued, saying he had not done anything wrong. He finally got out and shot and killed Morales.
When police searched Tisdale’s apartment, they found a stolen gun and another gun that had been illegally altered.
We saw a similar incident on May 9, when Hattiesburg officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot. Two of the suspects arrested in connection with those deaths are felons completely barred from gun possession, yet Deen and Liquori are dead.
From the FBI report on officer deaths in 2013 to the May 9 shooting deaths of Deen and Liquori, the lesson is the same–gun control does not stop criminals from acting out their criminality. Leaving such criminals loose on the streets while trusting gun control to magically curtail their behavior only puts the lives of officers and other innocents at risk.
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