House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy noted this week that last year was one of the deadliest on record for American police officers while noting that there should not be any more discussions about ‘defunding’ departments.
The California Republican made his comments after biking with other Republican lawmakers to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Thursday to honor fallen cops during National Police Week, Just the News reported.
“Now more than ever Congress must show our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our fallen heroes,” McCarthy said while at the memorial. “We should not talk about defunding of the police, we should talk about providing what they need to protect us. We should not make politics out of security and safety for our communities.
“We should respect those who risk and give their life just so they can make a difference in the community. That is why I’m pleased to stand here today with my fellow House Republicans, we know the issue before us, and we are ready and willing to act to support law enforcement, not just today, but every day, and just as we have in the past.”
Just the News noted further:
McCarthy laid two wreaths to honor the fallen officers from his district and members of the Capitol Police “who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us.”
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, “the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial” in 2021. The organization’s statistics show that 2020 was the deadliest year for law enforcement officers.
“These 394 officers included 295 (182 fatalities are COVID-19-related) officers who were killed during 2020, plus 99 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now,” says the website.
Rep. Pete Stauber, a Minnesota Republican and former police officer who was shot in the line of duty, told those gathered at the memorial that he’s well aware of “what it is like to put on the uniform, kiss your family and kids goodbye, and head to work uncertain what type of call or situation you will encounter that day.”
“It is a hard job, it is a noble job, and it’s an honorable profession,” he said. “I know that the men and women who serve and protect our communities each day do an excellent job.”
Also, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., who is married to a first responder, talked about families of other first responders “having very uncomfortable, scary conversations at the dinner table.”
“Thank you,” she said. “I know that those conversations are not getting any easier. I know, because I’ve had them. To my colleagues who stand here today, thank you. To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have been calling for the defunding of our men and women in uniform, please consider joining us for an educational ride-along. I think it would be very illuminating.”
Now would be a good time to remind everyone that the cities where left-wing ‘reforms’ are happening (like defunding departments) or those that are trapped under federal ‘consent decrees’ are suffering the highest spikes in violent crime (including against police officers).