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“Defund the Police” Contradicts Liberal Dream of Gun Control

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Protesters hold a sign with a list of demands as they call for the defunding of police and reinvestment in community while gathered near Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's home in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

By embracing the slogan “Defund the Police”, prominent Democrats undermine one of their central arguments for stringent gun control. For decades, the left has argued that law-abiding citizens shouldn’t rely on firearms to protect their families, but should count instead on police professionals to guarantee their safety. But now progressives seek to disarm the cops at the same time they hope to disarm private citizens, ignoring the dangers posed by well-armed criminals who have no intention of surrendering their guns.

It’s already illegal for chronic lawbreakers to own guns, but who’s supposed to take those arms away if police forces are cut back and denied the equipment that they say they need?

If the left is serious about reducing the presence of firearms in our big cities, then crippling police departments is exactly the wrong way to do it, pushing citizens to arm themselves, and generating a toxic new sense of insecurity.

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