Dallas Police Chief David Brown held a press conference today and explained why he authorized a bomb to be used with a robot to take out gunman Micah Xavier Johnson.
During a question-and-answer period a Texas reporter asked about the difficulties dealing with a live hostile situation and having civilians running around with guns because of Texas' open carry laws.
The reporter described the events surrounding Mark Hughes, who was carrying an AR-15 during the protests when the shooting took place and he asked, "What does this tell you about people using the new Texas law, open carry at demonstrations?"
Chief Brown described the situation as "difficult at best," and hoped the state legislature would handle the problem.
"It's a little different in Texas, in the way we view open carry, conceal carry and we've had great dialogue with legislators about this," he continued that they are trying to make the laws work "so the citizens can express their second amendment rights."
But he also didn't shy away from the reality of the situation and honestly answered how dangerous these new laws are to everybody involved.
Chief Brown said, "It's increasingly challenging when people have AR-15's 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 the shooter or not ...has 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!"
I imagine this is not an approved NRA message to the public.
Does anybody believe that law enforcement is thrilled with these new gun laws? Dallas Police Chief Brown just made it very clear how laws like "open carry" are impeding their ability to handle a life and death situation as well as putting innocent civilians in jeopardy for running around with assault weapons during a crisis.
Texas' Mayor Mike Rawlings expressed similar skepticism about these crazy new gun laws on Face The Nation:
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DALLAS MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS: You know, in dealing with the law of gun holding, you can carry a rifle legally, and when you have gunfire going on, you usually go with the person that's got a gun. And so our police grabbed some of those individuals, took them to police headquarters, and worked it out and figured out that they were not the shooters. But that is one of the real issues with the gun right issues that we face, that in the middle of a firefight, it's hard to pick out the good guys and the bad guys.
DICKERSON: Did that complicate the issue at the moment?
RAWLINGS: Well I think so. I wasn't there real time to kind of see it go on, but the common sense would tell you, you don't know where the gunfire's coming from. There were individuals that ran across the gunfire. They were in the body armor, camo gear with rifles slung over their shoulders, so it sure took our eye off the ball for a moment. We got them out of the way, we figured out what was happening, and we did our business.