Chief Kehoe Tells White House: 'Ban Assault Weapons'

Kehoe said the weapons used in the Dec. 14 shooting were stronger than those his department carries, according to NBC News.


Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe didn't mince words in his message to the White House.

"Ban assault weapons, restrict those magazines that have so many bullets in them, shore up any loopholes in our criminal background checks," he said in an interview with NBC News.

In the interview, Kehoe spoke frankly about what he saw at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the day in December when 20 children and six adults lost their lives in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.

Newtown's Police Chief said the shooter was carrying heavier firepower than his officers. "We never like to think we're outgunned in any situation we're dealing with," he told NBC News.

Since the shooting, Kehoe has taken an active leadership role in his response. A week afterwards, he issued a statement to the community assuring residents schools were safe and police were hard at work.

"Our police, fire, and emergency medical personnel reacted quickly and without hesitation, rapidly responding to Sandy Hook Elementary School," he said. "Their professionalism was heartwarming to witness; our community is proud of them."

More recently Kehoe and the Newtown Police Department have been working to ensure officers have access to health benefits and leaves of absence as they recover from their work on December 14 and afterward.

Kehoe's message comes as the advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise launches a nationwide campaign for change in the wake of the shootings. Gun control remains an option on its agenda, as U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy told reporters.

"We have to fundamentally change our approach," co-founder Tom Bittman told press Monday. "It’s not just what government should do. It’s not just what I should do. It’s not just what you should do. It’s what we should do together."

G January 17, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Sheila - the problem is that you are not dealing with facts. You're dealing with rumors, innuendos, and false statements. There is no reason for anyone to feel sorry for me - i did not personally know any of the victims. I had a business relationship with a member of one of the victims' family members a number of years ago. I am not a victim and certainly not a hero. I'm just asking you to take your agenda elsewhere at this time. If your organization sincerely wishes to help the victims of Sandy Hook, please contact the appropriate authorities in Newtown. The Newtown Patch is not the forum for you to overwhelm us with your "point of view". With all due respect, I hope you are not the spokesperson for your organization.
GuildsfordBrothers January 17, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Everyday we wait, another 1,400 black rifles are manufactured in the U.S. We need to move faster: http://blackriflecounter.tumblr.com
Darrell January 17, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Thank you for time line Freddy. I didn't realize that one had been released. What these conspiracy theorist fail to rationalize is that police, especially State Police, do not sit in their barracks all day long. They are out in the community on patrol. Those that do no live in Newtown do not realize just how large a town it it. So his statement of the barracks only being x miles away means nothing. The fact that the police were able to respond not only as quickly as they did but realize it was more than local officers could handle and call out for help is a testament to our local law enforcement professionals. They should be commended in how well they responded to an incident that has no could have ever imagined.
Darrell January 17, 2013 at 08:20 PM
John I believe the idiot that got lead away in cuffs was a reporter that was hiding in the woods with a camera trying to take pictures of kids and staff leaving the school. He was taken into custody very fortunate he didn't get shot by the police. Fortunately for him they are professionals. CT Police are taking their time and doing a complete investigation before they release what happened. Quick judgements and conspiracy theories are not what they do. That is left for others that enjoy the attention.
Darrell January 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Hey Jeff, maybe in your town the police sit around at their barracks all day but in my town (Newtown) and my state (CT) police are out patrolling. If you were from town, and I'm guessing you are not, you would know that it is a very large town size wise and Sandy Hook is in one small corner. I have no clue where you are getting 20 minutes from because as far as I know the police have not released a time line yet so any information you are getting is from media or worse some conspiracy theorist. Please do not lessen the job that our brave officers did on that day. There is not a doubt in my mind that they did everything they could and did so in the most professional manor.


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