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The push is on in Washington, D.C. for stricter gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings, but not all in law enforcement around the country are on board with the idea.
In fact, some are pushing back.
Colorado's county sheriffs have asked lawmakers to back off any proposals this year to change current gun law.
In an official position paper, the County Sheriffs of Colorado stated that they oppose an assault-weapons ban and a ban on bulk purchases of ammunition.
"Gun control does not equate to lower crime rates, which is really what we strive for," the sheriffs wrote.
The sheriffs asked lawmakers "not to make decisions during this grieving period."
In Pine County, Minnesota, Sheriff Robin Cole says he won't enforce further federal gun regulations.
1,500 miles west in Linn County, Oregon, Sheriff Tim Mueller even wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying he will refuse to enforce any gun regulations he finds unconstitutional.
And in Caddo Parish, Sheriff Steve Prator says, "I'm not ready to say whether I would or wouldn't enforce something, but if they passed a law that said, 'you go around and seize everybody's guns,' I'm going to be changing professions."
That said, Prator doesn't see that happening. He says we need to quit fixating on a ban of any particular gun, like the semi-automatic assault rifle, as some sort of cure-all for gun violence. "Since I've been in law enforcement in Caddo Parish, we've probably had 1,500 to 2,000 homicides. I can't remember a particular homicide with an A-R."
Instead, Prator says the focus needs to be on the people who commit those horrible acts of violence, like the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. "I want us to figure out the evil that's causing people to do this."
Parents like Kylie Clayton-Opie, who has children at Sun City Elementary in Bossier, just wants to make sure her child's school is safe. "I think maybe better security in front of schools to be able to come inside of a school. There should be some sort of security in place."
Ever since the unthinkable massacre of 20 children and six adults in the Connecticut school back in December, parents are more focused on security at their children's schools than ever.
So are the schools themselves.
Electronic locking doors have been installed at many Bossier schools to keep intruders at bay, including at Sun City, where passage through the doors is controlled by the school secretary at the push of a button and all visitors are required to sign in.
The Bossier Parish School Board also voted recently to rotate 4 part-time sheriff's deputies between the district's 19 elementary schools. It's a move parent Claudette Brimmer supports wholeheartedly. "As far as putting police, patrol and policemen in the school, to start somewhere, I think that's a great start."
All are measures that were taken swiftly in response to the Newtown shooting. "For right now, I think they've done as much as they can," says parent Jerdine Robinson.
While advocates of stricter gun control say more can be done to prevent another mass shooting, it remains to be seen whether the country - and it's local law enforcement authorities - will be willing to go along.
Thursday, January 31 2013 11:39 AM EST2013-01-31 16:39:54 GMT
We're checking in with local law enforcement leaders to see where they stand on the prospect of enforcing stricter federal gun control laws.More >>
Now that some local law enforcement authorities around the country have expressed their opposition to an assault weapons ban and stricter federal gun control measures, we're checking in with local law enforcement leaders in the ArkLaTex to see where they stand.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:20:17 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:28 AM EDT2013-05-21 07:28:53 GMT
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Now, they're bracing for more possible severe weather on Tuesday.More >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android and iPhone has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>