Pro-Black, Pro-Police Reforms that Conservatives Should Get Behind

I’m pro–Second Amendment. I’m pro–law enforcement. And I’m pro-black. After the deaths of two black men at the hands of police last week, and the subsequent spate of deadly ambushes on police officers in at least four states (including a non-fatal ambush less than a mile from my home), far too many extremists on the left and right have acted as if these are opposing positions. They have seized on the violence to fan the flames of resentment.

The far Left tells people like me that in order to be pro-black, we need to support gun control and be wary of praising law enforcement. The far Right tells people like me that in order to be pro–law enforcement, we need to condemn Black Lives Matter and President Obama, and avoid criticizing police misconduct.

Neither path will stop the madness.

To heal America’s racial wounds, ease the escalating tensions, and end the violence, conservatives must lead the way on reforms that are both pro-black and pro–law enforcement, and do not entail curbing Second Amendment rights. These are reforms that have been promoted by many conservative intellectuals and elected officials, and should garner bipartisan support. There are no panaceas for the evil that runs through the human heart, but there are positive steps still to be taken:

1. End for-profit policing and reform civil-asset forfeiture

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Read the full article at National Review.

Shamed Dogan, husband and father, is a Republican State Representative from Ballwin, Missouri. Continue Reading

Cops’ Lives Matter, Too

Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s office, was gunned down Friday night in what can only be described as an assassination. Goforth was shot in the back by Shannon Miles, who then stood over his body and pumped more shots into him.

Investigators believe Deputy Goforth was targeted simply “because he wore a uniform.” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman condemned the killing as “a cold-blooded execution,” adding, “We found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that.”

At a press conference, Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County district attorney lashed out at the left and the rhetoric of the “black lives matter” crowd.

“We’ve heard ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘All lives matter,'” Sheriff Hickman said. “Well, cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘Lives Matter.'” He is right. But, sadly, I predict there won’t be any marches a year from now for Deputy Goforth like there were for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

By the way, another shooting has predictably fallen off the radar screen. The shootings by Vester Flanagan, a black, homosexual radical who gunned down two Virginia journalists, is quickly being forgotten because the shooting doesn’t follow the left’s preferred narrative.

The shootings in Virginia and Texas indict the left, and media are making sure that such a narrative doesn’t gain any traction. For example, ABC News reportedly has a 23-page manifesto from Vester Flanagan, but it won’t release whole thing. Why not? Presumably because it is full of left-wing rantings and cannot be used to embarrass conservatives. Continue Reading

Stop the War on Cops

Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014 (photo via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The news from Ferguson is not just sad for cops, it is terrible for all of us who depend on law and order.

Let me say that I believe the majority of law-abiding black young men get unfairly harassed and mistaken in a way that makes law-abiding black parents scared for their sons.  I believe we need to look for solutions, because that’s what Americans are good at.

But what Pres. Obama’s administration has helped unleash in Ferguson, working hand in hand with the Left, is something terrible to behold. First, we cultivate the idea you have a right to resist arrest and that if you a get shot, or collapse from asthma, while struggling unarmed with cops, it is the police officer’s fault.  Rich Lowry was right: if you put your hands up, they won’t shoot.

Now we have had not one, but at least two assassinations of cops as a result of the toleration and legitimation of this rebellion against police.

In the name of Liu and Ramos, this has to stop.  Cultivating, sympathizing, and encouraging resisting arrest cannot be the answer.

Maggie Gallagher is the editor of ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading