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President Biden wants gun control to stop a violent crime surge. Sen. Josh Hawley wants to hire 100,000 new cops.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to provide federal support to local law enforcement with the aim of hiring 100,000 new police officers across the U.S.

The bill, a response to rising crime rates in American cities, would provide grant money to local communities to hire new law enforcement officers; increase criminal penalties for assaulting federal officers by 50%; develop programs to protect federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from doxing; give concealed carry rights to federal judges and prosecutors; and increase funding for family services, mental health services, and suicide prevention for federal officers among other measures.

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