Let’s do this backwards. Here’s a comment underneath the post Sheboygan DA blasts concealed-carry law by commentator natrixgli [not shown]: “If an officer is on an OWI [Operating While Intoxicated] stop or a warrant execution, for example, it would be helpful to know if the driver might have a weapon. Otherwise officers are just going to have to get in the habit of ordering all occupants out of the vehicle at gunpoint and patting them down.” Huh? Cheese State cops need to pat down citizens who might possess a legal weapon? What about drivers who might possess an illegal weapon? To paraphrase the Talking Heads, Start Making Sense. Adding to Wisconsin’s post-concealed carry gun control cacaphony, Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco . . .
“It is outrageous when, hiding behind a constitutional right, special interest groups’ paranoia and extreme views put our officers at risk when they are simply trying to do their sworn duty and remain as safe as possible,” said Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco in a news release Wednesday. “The present prohibition endangers the officers upon whom we depend for public safety, and reflects the extreme agenda and paranoia of the National Rifle Association and other gun lobbying groups that advanced these provisions. What are they afraid of?”
DeCecco said access to the database could help officers determine the level of danger and alert them of any guns present before they make contact. In rural areas where a single officer often responds, he could call for backup or secure the weapon immediately upon contact.
“(They) walk into a situation where people are yelling and screaming and they can’t run a check to see, there’s two people in this house who have a permit. They may walk in and say, ‘Mr. Jones, you have a permit. Where’s that gun right now?’ I think that’s reasonable,” DeCecco said. “It doesn’t compromise the right to carry concealed. I think cops should have the right to know everything they can possibly know.”
No disrespect intended, but I reckon the cops’ brains are probably full enough already, especially at a traffic stop. I’m going to give Nik Clark of Wisconsin Carry Inc. the last word (and unlike Bill O’Reilly, I mean it). “It sounds like a problem that doesn’t exist.”