Now more than three months since the tragic mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and amidst nationwide debate regarding gun legislation, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" hosted five police chiefs, and one sheriff, opening up his program to a healthy discussion on guns, and firearm legislation.
As magazine size continues to be one of the more controversial tenants of the overall debate, Redding's Douglas Fuchs – one of five Connecticut cops to join Piers Morgan in studio – insisted that limiting a guns capacity can allot police critical moments which can potentially save lives:
"Two seconds makes a difference, that two seconds is an opportunity, that two seconds is a chance," he said. "We know that in law enforcement. That protects civilians and it certainly protects our officers, and gives them a better or a fighting chance when in harms way."
Meanwhile, as Wednesday saw Colorado governor John Hickenlooper sign three new gun-control measures into law, Sheriff Ronald Bruce joined the program live via satellite, offering an explanation for why he's refusing to enforce his state's new legislation:
"I just don't agree with it," said the Hinsdale County Sheriff, specifically referencing a law that limits the amount of bullets permissible in a given weapon. "There's a major concern which I concur with, that this is – based on, looking at history for the last 100 years – is that proverbial foot of the door, that it's a 15-round magazine today, it's a 10-round magazine tomorrow, and a no magazine a year from now."
Shifting his attention back to his face to face round table, which featured the five men from Connecticut, Morgan asked Patrick Ridenhour to respond to his Colorado colleague:
"I say that it's our responsibility to enforce the law, whatever it is," said the police chief from Stratford. "It's not for us to really look at the reasons behind it. We have elected officials who give us laws, give us mandates to enforce. And that's what we're supposed to do."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as six law enforcement officials, including five from the state that sadly calls the Newtown massacre home, further discuss and debate gun safety, and firearm law.
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