Thursday, September 20, 2007

The International Association of Chiefs of Police

This item by Dave Hardy at Of Arms and the Law makes it sound as though the Joyce Foundation just bought the IACP:
A while back, the antigun Joyce Foundation made a hefty grant to fund a gun summit meeting by some members of the International Assn of Chiefs of Police. Here's the pdf file.

Surprise! It concludes we need lots and lots of gun control. Ban "assault weapons," repeal the Tihart Amendment, ban .50 BMG, outlaw possession by anyone with a violent misdemeanor record, ban armor piercing using a standard of actual ability to penetrate body armor (which would encompass virtually any rifle round), outlaw private gun transfers, increase ATF's budget, etc., etc.

But the interesting part is that the International apparently let Joyce staffers write the report:

"We are grateful to several key staff at the Joyce Foundation; President Ellen Alberding for her leadership, passionate concern for quality of life in our communities, and particularly for her interest in partnering with the IACP to address gun violence, Program Officer Roseanna Ander for her dedication to reducing gun violence in the Great Lake States and the nation, and her relentless enthusiasm as she worked with IACP staff to make the summit a reality and Communications Director Mary O’Connell, who has aided in highlighting and supporting the vision of our summit participants through her editing, writing and consistent work to produce this report. "
My recollection, however, is that the IACP has long been on the gun ban bandwagon. Maybe it isn't so much that the Joyce Foundation bought the IACP, as that the Joyce Foundation funded an event by a group that already believed the same way.

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