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GOP lawmakers aren't voting to protect police officers

GOP lawmakers aren't voting to protect police officers

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Arnold Police Officer Shot in His Patrol Car

Arnold Police investigate the scene of a shooting of one of their own officers on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in the parking lot of the Arnold Police Station. According to a Public Information Officer, the Arnold officer was transporting a burglary suspect to the station when the suspect pulled a gun and shot the officer who then crashed his vehicle. The suspect then shot himself. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

I was sorry to read the story about the shooting of Arnold Officer Ryan O’Connor ("Hidden weapon left officer vulnerable to shooter’s violence," Dec. 7). I wish him a speedy recovery.

Jefferson County Sheriff David Marshak was quoted in the story as saying: “At some point, this incident will require an honest introspection into our safety practices. It will be necessary not for the purposes of blame but for the purposes of enhancing policies, procedures and safety practices so this doesn’t happen again.”

The sheriff’s comments are exactly correct, and I’m certain every politician in America agrees with them, including Reps. Ann Wagner and Jason Smith.

I just wish every Republican felt the same way about every shooting. I wish every Republican took a stand against the National Rifle Association to identify and enact common-sense gun policies. Yet, just a day after O’Connor’s shooting, the House passed a bill expanding gun owners’ rights — a bill co-sponsored by Wagner and Smith.

I think blue lives matter. I think black lives matter. The entire Republican Party in Congress and in the Missouri Legislature will tell you that blue lives matter. But they don’t vote that way. Voters should ask them why.

Mark Travers  •  Creve Coeur

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