Democrats and their fellow travelers are swarming to cram through new restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans after the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas and some also see an opportunity to jump start the campaign to abolish the police, one of them took her case to MSNBC to preach to the choir about eliminating law enforcement.
On Saturday’s edition of “The Cross Connection” with host Tiffany Cross, anti-cop activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham said that the failure of the Uvalde Police Department to prevent the murder of 19 young children and their two teachers is rock solid proof that the Black Lives Matter cause to “defund the police” is more necessary than ever.
Cunningham, who was a member of Barack Obama’s task force on 21st Century Policing, agreed with Democrats that “assault rifles” need to be banned, the first step in the much larger effort to disarm Americans that is the left’s Holy Grail but also grafted the BLM agenda onto the for Draconian new gun laws.
“Look, it is really easy to want to individualize this,” a peculiar defense of the Uvalde shooter, “but words like deranged and senseless can often help us individualize this and push us away from actually looking at systems,” she said.
“There is no amount of mental health funding or red flag laws or universal background checks alone that would have stopped this massacre,” she added. “We need to not only add the things that help people and keep people healthy, but we need to remove the tools of violence, that is about removing assault weapons at the very least, assault ammunition at the very least.”
“I also want to say by the way that if these police officers who were standing outside and were afraid for their lives would not go and protect 19 innocent children, a school full of innocent children and teachers and police officers also kill somebody when they are afraid for the lives then we need to seriously examine the entire institution of policing because what is the point,” she said.
Later in the segment, Cunningham returned to the theme of police abolishment.
“There are some things that clearly cannot be legislated, there are things that cannot be reformed and I think that we have to really reckon with the kind of hero worship we’ve engaged in around policing in America,” she said. “I think sadly Uvalde is a terrible and tragic example of just how not incompetent, but problematic the entire institution is.”
Cunningham continued, “As I said before break, if the police kill, taze and maim unarmed people because they feared for their lives, and they won’t stop armed people from slaughtering children, then clearly the institution itself is not sound.”
“Uvalde provides 40% of their municipal budget to policing and I’m very sure that being tackled and handcuffed while you are trying to go in and rescue your own children is not what the residents of that town pay for, it’s certainly not what taxpayers across the country thank they’re paying for” she said. “Police have actually spent many many years and a lot of money actually litigating the fact that they do not have to endanger their lives if they don’t want to, which is fine, that’s a challenging thing to ask of anybody but what the means is that we should stop telling people that’s what they do.”
“We should stop leading with this serve and protect idea because that’s frankly not often how they function,” she added. “We have to recognize that there is a culture, in media and in television and in film, that has created this incontrovertible narrative that police are perfect and they are heroes and everything they do is done with authority that should be respected without question, instead of the fact that we can look at other countries and recognize that at the very least, disarming police, demilitarizing police but really thinking creatively about how we will abolish policing as we know it, and really get to the meaning of public safety because that’s what our communities deserve.”
“It’s not just what we take away when we talk about abolition, it’s about what we create in terms of creating healthy communities and healthy solutions,” she said, “but the institution of policing has far too long convinced us that they are here to serve and protect us when so often what they’re always doing, is actually enforcing the will of the state and they are terrorizing often black and brown people in order to do that.”
Realizing that it is political poison, Democrat have walked back their defund the police rhetoric of the post-George Floyd days after crime skyrocketed in cities under their control but the idea has never gone away and could make a big comeback as the left celebrates the second anniversary of the death of their cherished martyr figure.
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