Now that our government has lost control over our cities, rioters are taking possession of police precincts and vehicles and now obtaining police-issued firearms. Is this America or Baghdad? Meanwhile, rather than pushing a united front on law and order, Republicans are tripping over themselves to pander to the mob and even try to out-Left Joe Biden on crime. Where does that leave the silent majority of Americans who want ordered liberty?
During one of the worst nights of rioting earlier this month, 45 handguns were stolen from one Georgia gun shop. Even worse, rioters are now stealing firearms out of police vehicles. When the politicians send the message to the rioters that they don’t have the backs of the officers, the police back off, use too little force, and allow the anarchists to burn their vehicles. Well, there are often valuable and potentially dangerous tools in those vehicles. Nearly three weeks after that night of rioting, Georgia authorities are still looking for two semiautomatic rifles stolen from burned-out cop cars belonging to Georgia Tech police. In addition, there have been dozens of car break-ins and guns have been stolen out of citizen cars.
Why is there no outrage from Republicans and no push for action to stiffen penalties for gun felonies during riots? They are sitting idly while the corrupt Fulton County prosecutor railroads two cops who acted in self-defense and have now caused police to cede the city streets to the anarchist mob.
This is a problem spreading across the country. 150 guns were stolen from a shop in Albuquerque. At least 40 firearms stolen from a Fayetteville, North Carolina, gun shop, at least 50 guns from a shop in Vacaville, California, and 34 from one in St. Louis.
Has Congress suddenly gotten shy about dealing with gun violence? Wouldn’t now be the best time to deter gun felons with stiffer sentencing? The very same people who push gun control are the ones seeking to avoid locking up gun felons at all costs. What if Republicans, instead of their pandering policing bill, brought a bill to the Senate floor to increase mandatory sentencing on gun felons for those engaging in a violent crime with guns or those caught possessing guns after being convicted of aggravated felonies?
What else would a sane Republican Party do? They’d allow good guys who don’t have a criminal record to carry everywhere. While we seek to deter bad guys with guns, why not allow peaceful citizens who undergo a background check and licensing to be able to carry in all 50 states, just as with driver’s licenses? This is especially needed now that roads, including interstate highway, are being blocked by mobs with unsuspecting motorists facing harrowing dangers of public lynching.
Don’t tell me this is not a winning political issue. Gun sales are through the roof. Gun sales increased by 80 percent this May as compared to May 2019, after increasing 71 percent in April over last year. June will likely set another record. People vote with their wallets, and these sales are greater proof than any public opinion poll as to where people stand on safety and security. Why don’t we even hear Republicans talking about safety and security? If Republicans won’t fight for tougher policing and sentencing, at least fight to allow private citizens to better protect themselves from the anarchy they are allowing to fester.
Instead, GOP senators like Sen. John Cornyn are pushing cheesy pandering bills to codify Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday and promoting DACA amnesty for illegal aliens. Our cities are burning, statues of George Washington and symbols of our civilization are being destroyed, and Republicans do nothing but pander to the mob with weak “me too” political gestures. Who do they think they are appealing to? Not the black business owners who had their stores destroyed.
What about black victims of crime? Well, the official GOP Twitter account is now attacking Joe Biden from the left on crime, attacking Biden for supporting the 1994 crime bill and the Reagan anti-drug bills!
Biden claims to help black Americans—but his record on crime led to mass incarceration.
In 1986, Biden pushed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act—which established racial disparity in sentencing.
The bill shifted the federal release program "from a rehabilitative focus to a punitive one."
— GOP (@GOP) June 18, 2020
Biden spent his Senate career implementing legislation that created the mass incarceration that plagues the black community today.
Biden played a central role in passing the 1994 Crime Bill—in the 15 yrs after the bill passed, our incarcerated population DOUBLED.
— GOP (@GOP) June 16, 2020
What’s next? Will they trash Biden for voting for Reagan’s Armed Career Criminal Act?
These are the bills that led to the most successful drop in homicide and violent crime in American history, and black victims were the biggest beneficiaries. These laws need to be strengthened, not weakened, as the federal courts, including GOP-appointed judges, continue to slash away.
Republicans are now measurably to the left of Barack Obama’s 2008 and even 2012 campaign on numerous issues – from transgenderism and immigration to crime and policing. They’ve even given up on fighting for the Second Amendment, while they refuse to use the Left’s gun control agenda to go after gun felons.
As Americans face the worst anarchy of our lifetimes, growing crime, drugs, and an unraveling of the culture, most voters care about their neighborhoods more than any other geopolitical issue. They want safe and secure neighborhoods. They want a return to normalcy. Republicans could crush Democrats on the issue of rioting and crime, even with Trump struggling with his image on some other issues. Instead, they have chosen to drag-race Democrats to the gates of anarchy in promoting every premise of the BLM agenda.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.