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Pushing back: Will law enforcement support stricter gun laws?

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The push is on in Washington, D.C. for stricter gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings, but not all in law enforcement around the country are on board with the idea.

In fact, some are pushing back.

Colorado's county sheriffs have asked lawmakers to back off any proposals this year to change current gun law.
 
In an official position paper, the County Sheriffs of Colorado stated that they oppose an assault-weapons ban and a ban on bulk purchases of ammunition.
 
"Gun control does not equate to lower crime rates, which is really what we strive for," the sheriffs wrote.
 
The sheriffs asked lawmakers "not to make decisions during this grieving period."

In Pine County, Minnesota, Sheriff Robin Cole says he won't enforce further federal gun regulations.

1,500 miles west in Linn County, Oregon, Sheriff Tim Mueller even wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying he will refuse to enforce any gun regulations he finds unconstitutional.

And in Caddo Parish, Sheriff Steve Prator says, "I'm not ready to say whether I would or wouldn't enforce something, but if they passed a law that said, 'you go around and seize everybody's guns,' I'm going to be changing professions."

That said, Prator doesn't see that happening. He says we need to quit fixating on a ban of any particular gun, like the semi-automatic assault rifle, as some sort of cure-all for gun violence. "Since I've been in law enforcement in Caddo Parish, we've probably had 1,500 to 2,000 homicides. I can't remember a particular homicide with an A-R."

Instead, Prator says the focus needs to be on the people who commit those horrible acts of violence, like the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. "I want us to figure out the evil that's causing people to do this."

Parents like Kylie Clayton-Opie, who has children at Sun City Elementary in Bossier, just wants to make sure her child's school is safe. "I think maybe better security in front of schools to be able to come inside of a school. There should be some sort of security in place."

Ever since the unthinkable massacre of 20 children and six adults in the Connecticut school back in December, parents are more focused on security at their children's schools than ever. 

So are the schools themselves.

Electronic locking doors have been installed at many Bossier schools to keep intruders at bay, including at Sun City, where passage through the doors is controlled by the school secretary at the push of a button and all visitors are required to sign in.

The Bossier Parish School Board also voted recently to rotate 4 part-time sheriff's deputies between the district's 19 elementary schools. It's a move parent Claudette Brimmer supports wholeheartedly. "As far as putting police, patrol and policemen in the school, to start somewhere, I think that's a great start."

All are measures that were taken swiftly in response to the Newtown shooting. "For right now, I think they've done as much as they can," says parent Jerdine Robinson.

While advocates of stricter gun control say more can be done to prevent another mass shooting, it remains to be seen whether the country - and it's local law enforcement authorities - will be willing to go along.

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