Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed the American people. I am extremely disappointed in their actions, and I’m not the only one. They failed not only the people of St. Louis, but those in Newtown, Aurora, and Tucson when they blocked legislation that would have improved the background check system and assist in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable --- a process that 90 percent of Americans also support.
As you all have heard me say numerous times since beginning my journey as Chief, keeping the citizens of our city safe and reducing crimes in our neighborhoods are my first priorities. I believe that implementing a more effective background check system and closing loopholes in established gun laws is a positive step towards achieving this goal. Unfortunately, a majority of the Senators feel differently.
President Obama called yesterday, “a pretty shameful day for
.” Yesterday’s decision in Washington will trickle down to affect our city. Our officers will continue to battle violent offenders who have easy access to the guns and the opportunity to commit crimes. Washington
Although this defeat in
is a significant one, I, along with local, state and regional leaders, medical professionals and community partners, will continue our fight for stricter gun laws to keep us safe. Washington