Opinion: Don’t be fooled into thinking a murderer is waltzing out of prison after a cup of coffee

Opinion: Don’t be fooled into thinking a murderer is waltzing out of prison after a cup of coffee

This is a guest opinion column There isn’t a person in Alabama that isn’t saddened by the recent senseless shooting death of Sgt. Nick Risner. Law enforcement is a noble profession all while being one of the most dangerous. No want wants to see our officers injured or – even worse – killed. Alabama’s state motto is “We Dare Defend our Rights”. One of those rights is every Alabama citizen’s Second Amendment firearm rights. The defense of that Second Amendment right starts with our own Attorney General’s Office. Alabama is a Second Amendment loving State. Truth be told most of America is. According to a 2011 Small Arms Survey the United States boasts the highest number of civilian firearms per capita – 270 million, or 89 guns for every 100 residents. In the past five years Alabama has lost twenty-four officers. AG Marshall is correct. Since 2009 the United States endured 258 mass shootings according to Everytownresearch.org . Alabama boasts five of these mass shootings. The victims of these mass shootings were innocent people that were targeted in nightclubs, at schools, and even at their jobs. They weren’t working jobs where they wear bullet proof vests or carrying firearms of their own. They didn’t have any type of advanced training or the chance to call for backup. Our representatives in Montgomery, in all three branches, have time and again told Alabama citizens that we should not overreact to tragedies when drafting and passing laws. That capitalizing on a tragedy […]

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