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Megan Rapinoe, John Legend, Jane Fonda, Natalie Portman, and many other celebrities have all signed a petition, and are part of the movement to defund the police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin. Many of these same people who want to defund the police, want to repeal the 2nd amendment and take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. They make these statements and grand gestures all while sitting inside their fortified mansions surrounded by 10-foot stone walls and in their gated communities. Would any of these same celebrities be in favor of outlawing private security details, or gated communities?

Hillary Clinton has even spoken out on defunding the police. Hillary and her family have secret service protection 24/7 for rest of their lives, and she wants to defund the police and take guns away from citizens. How would she respond to defunding the secret service? I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous, Hillary saying we should defund the police while surrounded by secret service, or the fact that no one in the media called her out for her hypocrisy.

Are these people this stupid or just plain evil?

These are very confusing times. When rioters loot stores and burn down buildings, the collective outrage is, “where are the police?” When law enforcement is sent in and rioters are arrested, the collective outrage is, “That’s oppressive! That’s a violation of their rights!” It’s hard for me to believe that while cities burn around the country, the only people being arrested are the peaceful protesters? The police are targeting the group sitting down holding hands singing Kumbaya, while purposefully ignoring the looters and rioters burning buildings and setting cars on fire? Does anyone actually believe that narrative?

Does anyone actually believe that dismantling the police will make our country safer? Does anyone believe that removing a police presence will make black lives safer, will reduce crime, violence, and murder in our inner-cities? How delusional can you be to think that removing law enforcement makes us safer? Who will you call if someone breaks into your home? Do you think the armed robber or the rapist will be discouraged or emboldened with the knowledge that you don’t have a gun and the police will not be on their way?

My son attends the University of Chicago. The campus is set in the south side of Chicago, in one of the most violent and dangerous areas in the country. But if you walk around the part of the city which makes up the outer edges of the campus, you feel very safe. There is no crime or violence in that part of the city that is smack dab in an area where there are upwards of 10 gunshot victims in a weekend. Why? Because in that part of town around the University of Chicago, there are police on every street corner. Walking around for 15 minutes, you will see at least 6-8 police officers, and surprisingly, the crime in that area in the middle of the southside of Chicago is very rare. Police presence reduces crime.

If we defunded the TSA, would there be less planes hijacked or more?

If we removed security personnel from banks, would there be less bank robberies or more?

If we defunded and dismantled the police, would there be less armed robbery, less assaults, less rapes, less murders, or more?

If we removed police from the inner cities, would there be less gang crimes, less drug trafficking, less drive by shootings, or more?

Instead of divesting from law enforcement, we should be investing more money into law enforcement, more money into tactical training, so officers make better decisions in the heat of action; more money into oversight so an officer like Derek Chauvin with 20 violations on his record is not walking the beat; more money on salaries, so the police academy won’t be competing with MacDonald’s for personnel.

Maybe, if the police presence in our cities was greater, better trained and more competent, the amount of crime would be reduced, our jails would not be overflowing, less people would be murdered, and less people would be serving life sentences.

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