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Philly Mayor Calls For Gun Control For Officer Protection — An International Police Union Director Disagrees

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Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called for gun control within hours of a prolonged active shooter situation, which left several uniformed police officers injured Wednesday.

A gunman opened fire on officers attempting to execute a drug warrant. An hours-long standoff ensued while two officers remained trapped in a building, officials said. Gunfire wounded six cops.

“Our officers need help. They need help with gun control,” Kenney said Wednesday during a press conference. “They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.”

Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. identified 36-year-old Maurice Hill as the suspect. (RELATED: Suspect In Custody After Six Police Officers Shot In Philadelphia, Two Cops Trapped In Home For Hours)

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“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets,” Kenney said during the standoff. “It’s disgusting and we got to do something about it. … We need to do something about it quickly.”

A retired policeman and director of legislative affairs for the International Union of Police Associations, Dennis Slocumb, did not echo Kenney’s call.

Philadelphia shooting standoff (CBS Philadelphia/Screen shot)

The Philadelphia shooting standoff scene is pictured. (CBS Philadelphia/Screen shot)

“I don’t think gun control helps the [police] community. Gun control means passing laws that restrict guns. Criminals – by definition – don’t care what laws you pass,” Slocumb told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals.”

“Making laws has never stopped criminals – ever, whether you’re talking about burglary or methamphetamine or drunk driving,” he continued in a phone interview.

Hill has a criminal history with multiple illegal firearm felonies, according to court records, The New York Times reported.

Slocumb said if restrictions were placed on firearms, criminals would still find ways to inflict harm on innocent people.

“For God’s sake they’ll blow things up with fertilizer or go on stabbing sprees or use their vehicles to plow down pedestrians,” he said. “The fault isn’t the vehicle. It’s the person using it.”

The retired officer from a farming community also added gun owners aren’t the nation’s issue.

“I live in a farming community – hell everybody I know has guns. They’re shooting groundhogs and they’re capable of defending their family,” he said. “They’re not causing any problems. It’s gang bangers and these mentally ill people that are getting guns that they shouldn’t have in the first place.”

He also values his right to bear arms.

“I have carried a gun since 1968, and I continue to carry one. Thank God I’ve never had to do anything with it, but I’m not going to be sitting hiding under a chair if somebody tries to harm me or my family,” he said.

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