The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2011 has greatly increased from 2010. Through the last 11 months, the National Law Enforcement’s Memorial Fund has reported that 166 deaths have already occurred. This has already surpassed the number of total police officers deaths in the line of duty in 2010, which were 146. This increase in officers’ deaths while on duty brings up many issues that have been put on the political back burner. The biggest attributer to the death toll is firearms.
It is a constitutional right for Americans to be able to have firearms. With growing deaths from firearms, is it time for the federal government to step in and make stricter gun control laws? Or, will this just open the door for the federal government to suppress other constitutional rights?
In addition to the issue of gun control, around 85% of law enforcement departments have reported huge budget cuts. Many believe that the new lack of resources is largely attributing to the spike in on duty deaths of police officers. Budget cuts are expected during times of economic turmoil throughout the country, but is the money the government is dishing out going to the right places?
Is it right for government to be awarding billions of dollars in bailouts to corporate America, as well as continuing to dish out billions for war efforts in the Middle East, while it seems that we are loosing the war on our own streets? It seems as if the officials that we have elected are more concerned with private interest groups and our international positions rather then facing the problems we have at home. With the United states still in a very vulnerable economic position, unemployment is very high and many people feeling like there is no opportunity, it can be argued that we need funding for things like police as well as education more then anything else. Do you think that the Federal Government is using its resources in the wrong way? If so, where do you believe the resources and funding should be allocated?