Cop Killings Rise Amid Greater Gun Access

Police officers in the United States are dying in the line of duty at an alarming rate. More officers have been shot to death so far this year than were killed in all of 2006. The fatalities have occurred from New York City, to Franconia, New Hampshire as high-powered weapons become easily accessible. Miami-Dade Police Chief John Timoney says high-powered weapons are too easily accessible, and cops have to guard their own safety.

Timoney speaks with Scott Simon.



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