This Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown held a press conference that touched on a variety of issues.
Brown set his sites on Congress, telling them to do their jobs and propose new legislation to help combat gun violence.
“I was asked, ‘What’s your opinion about guns?’” Brown said. “Well, ask the policy makers to do something and then I’ll give you an opinion… But to have me do that job, I’ll pass on that. [To] get in that debate and get swallowed up by both sides who are entrenched in their positions, I want no part in that.”
“Do your job. We’re doing ours. We’re putting our lives on the line,” Brown added. “The other aspects of government need to step up and help us.”
Echoing earlier comments from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Brown addressed what he thinks are flaws in the pro-gun camp’s beloved open-carry laws.
“It’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over and shootings occur in a crowd and they begin running, and we don’t know – or, we don’t know if they’re a shooter or not… There’s been the presumption that a ‘good guy with a gun’ is the best way to resolve some of these things. Well, we don’t know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting.”
Brown also defended the method police used to kill 25-year-old gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, in which they used about a pound of C-4 explosive delivered by a police robot.
“This wasn’t a tactical dilemma for me… I’d do it again to save our officers’ lives.”
Watch the video below, via Media Matters: