As Democrat-run cities gut their police departments, residents are forming their own militias (op-ed)

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This editorial is brought to you by a former Chief of Police and staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – As police continue to be the target of efforts to defund them and anti-police sentiment rises among primarily Democrats and their base of Marxist revolutionaries, a number of police have packed it in, choosing to retire rather than protect communities where the leadership is gunning for them figuratively and criminals are gunning for them literally.

In Minneapolis, which like other major American cities has seen an explosion in crime by emboldened criminals, residents are starting to protect themselves, in some cases forming armed militias to protect themselves.

According to the Wall Street Journal as reported in Breitbart News, “Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge in crime.”

 

Clearly residents have been put in a position where they feel they need to protect themselves. With that being said, most civilians, who may have good intentions, are simply not highly enough trained in order to safely use force if it becomes necessary.

However, with cities being overrun by homegrown terrorist groups such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa and others, police are overwhelmingly outnumbered. And they are getting no help from city leaders in cities such as Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and others.

As Breitbart notes, it is a sign of things to come in Democrat-run cities:

In late June, residents near a commercial strip that had been looted, and the 3rd Precinct station that was abandoned and burned, were seeing a surge of shooting and drug-related crime on their block.

“It got to the point where crime had no consequences,” said Tania Rivera, 30, who runs a child-care center with her mother. “It was being done deliberately out in the open. Drive-through drug dealing, drive-through prostitution, everything from gunshots to assaults to sex out in the public. Everything you didn’t want your neighborhood to look like.”

So, after a number of community meetings, neighbors began constructing a barrier to close of two blocks of their street, first with trash cans, then debris. For a while, a boat on a trailer protected one intersection. Eventually, a nearby iron maker constructed a permanent gate. Police gave their approval as long as emergency responders could get through if requested by the neighborhood.

Continuing, it says that men in that neighborhood “began an armed patrol, kicking out anyone who didn’t belong on the block after dark.”

There are other examples given by the Journal.

America is not supposed to be this way. Every night, if you watch the news (other than CNN, MSNBC or the three major networks who are absolutely ignoring it), you see American cities more closely resembling war-torn cities in the Middle East or Africa.

Broken and burned out buildings, garbage littering the streets, plywood covering where windows used to be, torched cars…all in some of our greatest cities. At night, anarchy. This is not the country we grew up in and this is certainly not the country hundreds of thousands of brave men and women fought to preserve and protect.

Since when is it up to the American people to defend themselves? How and why did this happen? We’ll tell you. It is when Democrats decided that removing Donald Trump from office was more important than honoring their oath of office, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

They have abandoned their duty to protect their citizens from harm through the provision of police services. The fact that they deny the violence, despite what is occurring right in front of their eyes is mind-boggling and maddening at the same time. Dereliction of duty doesn’t begin to cover it.

As Breitbart says, “the very first priority of government is to protect our God-given rights from being violated.” As our Declaration of Independence says, Americans have inalienable rights granted by our Creator…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Government is mandated to guarantee those rights. And in Democrat run cities, they have abandoned that sacred duty.

Minneapolis has been run by Democrats for nearly 50 years. The city is an abject failure, run by left-wing ideologues who put their own self-interest and ideology ahead of their citizens.

So, how did Minneapolis respond to the violence that followed the death of George Floyd? They thought they could appease the mob by cutting the police budget. Murders in the city are now trending toward a record number, after they cut the police budget.

They have also implemented policies which makes it virtually impossible for police to safely do their jobs. So, they are just standing down. And who can blame them? They have ZERO support from the city administration.

So, what happens when you call 911 and nobody answers? Or if somebody answers, nobody comes? You take the law into your own hands to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property.

This isn’t the wild west, however. Back when America was expanding westward, lawlessness was running rampant. So how did people respond? They elected sheriffs to help protect them. Self-preservation didn’t work back then. Sheriffs (in most cases) evolved into organized police departments. So now, just like Marty McFly, we are going back to the future.

While playing cop may sound like fun, once the bad guys start shooting back, it takes some of the thrill out of it. Moreover, why should residents be put in the position of having to protect themselves?

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As we have seen with police officers, who get paid to fight the bad guys, there isn’t exactly a lot of support out there for regular old people who fight the criminals.

For Exhibit A, look no further than St. Louis, where an overzealous George Soros-funded circuit attorney charged two residents who were protecting themselves from an angry mob who broke into their property. They called the police, who could not (or would not) respond so they were left to defend themselves. For doing so, they were arrested and had their firearms confiscated.

So, let’s do the math. You protect yourself from thugs who broke into your property, and you get arrested. Gym owners in New Jersey get arrested for opening their gym in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s draconian and subjective shutdown orders.

However, people who burn buildings, destroy property, assault police officers, and maim people are released with charges dismissed. Does anyone think they will get a fair hearing if they take the law into their own hands? Not likely.

As Breitbart says, “who wants to live in a city where local militias are asking of you have any business entering their streets?” This is America? Or Mogadishu.

Who wants untrained people patrolling city streets armed with guns? Here you have trained police officers who get questioned every time they use deadly force and now we’re going to have novices enforcing whatever they’re going to enforce?

One of the councilors in Minneapolis who is down with the revolution of defunding police is Linea Palmisano. She does not like the idea of citizen patrols, which she is responsible for spurring.

“We are lurching for solutions,” she said, claiming that she doesn’t support doing away with the police department, although she supports residents voting on whether or not to do so. The Journal reported she said that with neighborhood vigilantes, “you could very easily create the same things we rally against.”

Thanks, Captain Obvious. When you emasculate the police and they no longer respond to crime, what would you expect? Fight or flight is one of the most basic of human instincts. People are not going to simply stand by and be a victim, not if they can help it.

This is what Democrats have birthed, all in the name of winning an election. Think about that. They are willing to sacrifice our major cities and their constituents including our youngest and most vulnerable, by allowing criminal anarchists to run rampant, all in the name of a few votes from the Bernie bots. Then they deny that they are even doing that.

One last thought. Democrats want to defund/disband police, and at the same time want to gut the Second Amendment. What if you called 911, and nobody came…and you didn’t have a gun to protect yourself? That is a Democrat wet dream.

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