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Knight: Congress Has a Duty to Respond to Gun Violence

How long until politicians realize the extremism of their own cavalier attitudes toward guns in the face of untold suffering?

My law enforcement colleagues and I understand we have a solemn duty to protect and serve our communities, but we cannot do so when our hands are tied by congressional inaction.

Heitkamp ought to honor her own commitment to her constituents — especially those who have been personally affected by gun violence — by fixing our broken laws and empowering the police officers on our streets to fight crime.

I would hardly call that “extreme.” But Heitkamp and the rest of Congress failing to respond to the murder of 20 innocent children and six of their teachers — surely that’s as extreme as it gets.

Scott Knight, the chief of police in Chaska, Minn., is former chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.

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