The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) was founded in Chicago in 1893 as the National Chiefs of Police Union.
IACP’s stated mission is to advance the science and art of police services; develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.
Note that nowhere in the IACP’s mission is gun control.
AWR Hawkins reports for Breitbart, that on October 26, 2015, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) met in Chicago for their annual conference where they dropped their push for longer prison sentences and, instead, focused their attention on gun control.
Along with the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV), the IACP joined Democrat presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley in calling for an expansion of background checks to all gun sales.
According to ABC 7, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the chiefs “are not going to relent” in this push because “This is too important. Americans are dying and we need to do something about it.”
But McCarthy did not address the recent study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab which shows that criminals in his jurisdiction are not getting their guns from gun stores or gun shows or the Internet. Rather, Chicago’s criminals are getting their guns through “personal connections” on the street, which are not affected by background checks on gun sales.
In other words, criminals have already abandoned all the outlets where McCarthy wants to put more gun control. This means the only people who would be limited by the police chiefs’ proposed expansion of background checks are the law-abiding citizens who need guns most.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says:
I was extremely disappointed when I heard that my fellow law enforcement executive colleagues had gotten into bed with Obama and his gun confiscation mission. That’s really what it’s about. It’s not about reducing violence, it’s not about reducing mass murder or suicides. The real intent of Obama and these gun groups is gun confiscation and they know they are going to have to do it step by step. They’re not going to be able to go after that today, as there would be fierce blowback. So they are doing it in stealth ways and this IACP meeting is one of those ways.
Clarke points out that “the chiefs who met in Chicago speak for themselves, they do not speak for the law enforcement profession.” He says that National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV) has embedded itself with the IACP, and that doing so is a “slick” way of not simply getting its message out but of making it look like law enforcement really does support more gun control. Funding for groups like NLEPPGV comes from the Ford Foundation, identified by Clarke as part of an “anti-Second Amendment crusade.”
We, in law enforcement, have an obligation to be on the side of crime victims. Not on the side of the criminal element. Gun control has nothing to do with the crime and violence that these chiefs see in their cities on a daily basis and they know it. But many of them, especially in your large urban centers, are under the thumb of anti-gun, soft on crime, mayors. And they have to sing from the same sheet of music that their mayors are singing from.
But the crime and violence we see in our cities and counties is not the result of a lack of background checks, and these chiefs know that. The research and data are there. Criminals don’t care about laws in general and they don’t care about gun laws or gun restrictions. They will find a way to get around those. And that’s why I ultimately say that the chiefs’ push for more gun control has nothing to do with reducing violence. Rather, it has to do with gun confiscation.