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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.