Nine law enforcement leadership groups have united together through the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence and, like 90 percent of the American people, favor requiring background checks for all gun sales. Policymakers have a responsibility to listen to the experts in law enforcement and an opportunity to reflect the will of their constituents by supporting a measure that will save countless lives.
It is too late for the 49 officers and other victims who lost their lives to gun violence last year. But it is not too late for us to act to better protect those who continue to put on the uniform every day and the communities they serve. It is time for more lawmakers to step up and demonstrate they have our backs.
Jim Johnson is chief of police in Baltimore County, Md., and chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.