New St. Louis Police Chief Vows to Make Gun Control a Top Priority


The new police of St. Louis says gun control will be one of his top priorities, reports the Riverfront Times. Chief Sam Dotson, who was sworn in last week to replace Dan Isom, says the time has come to crack down on illegal handguns. “As a society, we have to be serious about gun control,” Dotson says. “I understand the Second Amendment, and I understand everyone’s right, or their belief that they have a right to bear arms,” he says. “It doesn’t give them a right to use that weapon.”

In the last two months, there have been increasingly contentious debates around guns locally and nationally, in the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 children dead in December. In Missouri, there has been a wide range of anti-gun control legislation introduced, notably a proposal from Rep. Casey Guernsey to block any federal measures. “The problem is illegal guns in the hands of criminals,” says Dotson. “The problem is all too often a legal gun becomes an illegal gun, because it’s taken…. It’s stolen from a car. And as a police chief, more guns is never the answer.”

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