Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who repeated National Rifle Association talking points against background checks for all gun purchases (video below).
According to RawStory.com, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposed assault weapons ban on Wednesday, Chief Flynn debunked Sen. Graham’s claims that gun background checks were just a "paper chase."
"When almost 80,000 people fail a background check and 44 people are prosecuted, what kind of deterrent is that? I mean, the law obviously is not seeing that as important," Sen. Graham said. "We absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books... How many cases have you made? How many cases have you made?"
Chief Flynn responded: "It doesn’t matter, it’s a paper thing. I want to stop 76,000 people from getting guns illegally. That’s what a background check does. If you think we’re going to do paperwork prosecutions, you’re wrong... We don’t make those cases. We have priorities. We make gun cases."
"We make 2,000 gun cases a year, senator, that’s our priority. We’re not in a paper chase. We’re trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns. That’s why we do background checks. If you think I’m going to do a paper chase, then you think I’m going to misuse my resources."
The Senate committee’s audience erupted into applause.