Sadly, Gun Control Politics Has Entered the Picture in the Hattiesburg Tragedy

Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Even though we hoped that politics could be kept out of the recent tragedy in Hattiesburg on Saturday night, we all knew it was coming sooner or later. Democrats just can’t help themselves. Tragedies are always used to promote liberal policies, as shameless as that tactic is.

And that’s the case with the murder of two Hattiesburg police officers, as the illustrious and articulate Democratic Mayor Johnny Dupree appeared on Fox News to lay the blame on the state’s gun laws, specifically two new laws that allow Mississippians to carry firearms either openly or concealed without a permit.

“For whatever reason we’re passing some kind of laws I don’t think are good for our country,” he said on Fox. And because of these laws, “police officers have to be real vigilant now.”

But this unfortunate incident is not about these gun laws, or any laws that uphold the Second Amendment. The thug chiefly responsible for these murders, Marvin Banks, was a convicted felon, and under current law could not possess a firearm. Such an offense carries with it an automatic 5-year sentence in prison, which is likely what instigated the unknown series events that led to the shooting of the officers.

As Breitbart’s ARW Hawkins has pointed out, the barring of felons from possessing a firearm is “100 percent gun control.” We can do no more than that. Banks was breaking the law by even possessing the gun. What else could we have done to stop this violent hoodlum from having a weapon?

It seems Dupree, and other tyrannical Democrats, want to throw gun-toting, law-abiding citizens in with violent criminals like the Banks brothers. That’s insulting, to say the least. Police officers have nothing to fear from those of us who respect law enforcement and our laws.

But Democrats, who care nothing for the Second Amendment, want to disarm law-abiding citizens so we can face maniacs like Banks completely unarmed, all while they walk around with armed guards. And why some of these folks are still in office, aside from oft-used unique and extra-legal election tactics, is beyond me.



  1. William Smith says:

    I watched the whole segment when Y’all had it up early this morning with a title similar to the one here. Yes, Mayor Dupree made a brief and unfortunate reference to the two gun laws. However, it was very brief and seemed out of tune with the rest of what he had to say. He was strong in his backing of the police, spoke well of the officers and their families, and affirmed the good relations between the police and the city. What I thought this morning was that the Y’all headline was misleading because it focused on the one thing thing with which fault could be found in the over 7 minutes interview. Mayor Dupree, about whom I know nothing except that he is mayor of Hattisburg where I lived for 7 years, is a Democrat, and that there were issues with his last election, other than those brief comments was in word and tone very different from what we hear from mayors of other cities. He spoke about the police as you would expect a Mississippian to speak. I think he ought to be given credit for that and that stores about his comments ought to do justice to all he said.

  2. MichaelW says:

    I believe the mayor was being challenged on the unfortunate comments he made concerning gun control and yes he did say some good things that should have been said concerning this tragedy as we the citizens here should expect. But when the Mayor makes these off the wall comments when it should be a time for grieving and healing instead of a time to promote political ideas then he needs to be taken to task for it. Why don’t we just call it as it is instead of making excuses for him. I am sure he expected to hear the backlash from this when he chose to make the comments, but now was not the time to discuss his political views.

  3. William Smith says:

    Calling as it is – that’s exactly what I ask for. He said two stupid things in the midst of a whole bunch of good things. When you criticize you owe it to truth to present your opponent accurately

  4. Ryan is absolutely correct on this one. The problem is not that there are too many firearms. Rather, it is the fact that illegal firearms are getting into the hands of convicted felons–not with the presence of firearms owned and distributed among law abiding citizens. When the facts are very clear, prosecutors should be prepared to prosecute every illegal gun sale/possession to the maximum; and that trial judges should be prepared that upon conviction, they will reject any plea bargains or sentencing guidelines, and impose the maximum punishment available as a matter of law. If this is done all across the country for a few years, criminals will begin to realize that the risks/costs of receiving lengthy jail terms greatly outweigh the benefits of possessing illegal firearms.

  5. In spite of the good things Mayor Dupree said, he did get his ideas in on gun control. Unfortunately, communities with the most gun violence are those with the toughest gun laws. Criminals don’t follow the law. People who want to commit violent crimes are going to get guns regardless of the law. Baltimore has one of the strictest gun control laws in the country. What happened there is proof of the pointlessness of making access to guns more difficult.

    • My view is that Dupree is such a bad actor that we should all just breathe a sigh of relief that his statement wasn’t as bad as it could have been!

      • John, by the tone of your comment, it sounds like you have some information that might be worthwhile for you to share with the rest of us. I know that he and the city council cannot agree to the time of day, but what is it about him that causes you to consider him to be a “bad actor”?

      • His administration was clearly implicated in voter fraud and witness intimidation during the election contest in Hattiesburg.

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