MSNBC Goes Full Gun-Grabber With A Twist: Defund The Police
Leave it to the folks at MSNBC to cram in as many liberal narratives into one topic as possible. Saturday morning's The Cross Connection. In a segment on the Uvalde school shooting, guest Jasmine Crockett—a member of the Texas House of Representatives and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives—said that in her notion of gun reform, "there is no need for an AR-15, period."
The two were also joined by MSNBC frequent flyer, Brittany Packnett Cunningham who brought it all home by driving through the 'defund the police' narrative.
Packnett Cunningham blew a fuse stitching these two narratives together:
"Perhaps this is not a gun that should be on the streets. Perhaps the way that we focus laws and legislation in this country can actually go, not only to fund mental health that everyone wants to come to in moments like these, but also go to pull AR-15s and other similar assault weapons off of the streets . . . We need to remove the tools of violence. That is about removing an assault weapons, at the very least. Assault ammunition at the very least.
I also want to say, 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 kill somebody when they are afraid for their lives? Then we need to seriously examine the entire institution of policing. Because, what is the point?
I think we have to reckon with the kind of hero worship that we've engaged in around policing in America. I think, sadly, Uvalde is a terrible and tragic example of just not, not incompetent, but problematic, the entire institution is.
As I said before break, if the police kill, tase, and maim unarmed people because they fear for their lives, and they won't stop armed people from slaughtering children, then clearly the institution itself is not sound.
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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 abolish policing as we know it, and really get to the meat of public safety. That's what our communities deserve. It's not just about what we take away when we talk about abolition -- it's about what we create in terms of creating healthy communities and healthy solutions. But the institution of policing has far too long convinced us that they are here to serve and protect when so often what they're always doing, is actually enforcing the will of the state. And they're terrorizing often black and brown people to do that. "
So I guess the idea here is that we take the guns away from law-abiding citizens (because God knows, criminals won't give them up) and what? Dismantle the police force so there is no one to call? There are no perfect institutions in any country and I think everyone is thoroughly disappointed with the law officers who responded to the Uvalde elementary school but this new narrative is just insane.