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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

In Opposition to HR 1280

March 3, 2021
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Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor in opposition to HR 1280:

In Opposition to HR 1280
Congressman Tom McClintock
March 3, 2021

Mr. Speaker:

Whenever the left has taken control of local law enforcement, the result is predictable and catastrophic.

They act to defund the police, deliberately withhold police protection from honest shopkeepers and citizens, declare sanctuaries for criminal illegal aliens, decline to charge criminals and prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves.

We now see the result: sky-rocketing homicides and other violent crimes – preying most of all upon the decent citizens of our inner cities.

After their summer of love and lawlessness – look at the result: storefronts boarded up, buildings burned out, and streets surrendered to the lawless.  

Frankly, the Democrats in Congress who have applauded these policies would not be my first choice to micromanage every police department across the country as this bill does.

The ultimate target of the left is not isolated abuses by law enforcement officers, but rather law enforcement itself.  And as we can now see, without law enforcement, there is no law; and without law, there is no civilization.