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Florida Senator Mike Haridopolis: Officers' deaths should not prompt tougher gun laws

4:07 PM, Jan 26, 2011   |    comments
Sen. Mike Haridopolos
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Tallahassee, Florida -- The shooting deaths of four police officers in Florida over the last week should not prompt lawmakers to consider tougher gun laws, according to the president of the Florida Senate.

Sen. Mike Haridopolos says the tragedies in St. Petersburg and Miami remind everyone about the dangers police officers face on the job every day. 

Haridopolos, whose father is a retired FBI agent, says the officers' deaths should not result in gun control legislation because the killers were criminals and they never should have had guns in the first place.

"Putting restrictions on people who actually abide by the law would be a mistake.  I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and I think people have the right to carry a gun and we need to be more vigilant against folks who break the law.  These people were hardened criminals and unfortunately guns get in the wrong hands."

Last week detectives Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth were shot to death in Miami while trying to serve a warrant on a murder suspect.

In St. Petersburg, Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz died in a shootout on Monday, also while serving a warrant.

Dave Heller

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