ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is back in St. Louis this morning after a trip to Washington D.C. Tuesday to confer with Vice President Joe Biden and lobby senators for more gun control.
Dotson says first on the list is more thorough background checks followed by aggressive prosecution of gun criminals and more money for school safety as well as more controversial proposals.
“Especially for me because I have police officers everyday who go out and risk their life. There’s no place for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. We have to make sure we do everything to take those off the streets,” he said. “You have to listen to the people who are talking about these changes and the things that need to happen because we’re really on the front line.”
In regards to Vice President Biden, Dotson said he was “very emotional.”
“I even tweeted while I was sitting there listening to him that he was emotional, he was sad, he was frustrated, he was angry, he was disappointed,” Dotson said.
Chief Dotson said the national gun debate is a perfect example of how all politics is local and whatever Washington decides to do will affect his ability to fight crime in St. Louis.
Dotson said Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) respectfully listened to him, even if Blunt did not necessarily agree on his views.