Dem. Senator Murphy questions whether law enforcement should be funded in states that refuse to enforce gun laws
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that the Senate should have a conversation about whether to continue funding law enforcement in so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary” states and counties.
Murphy said 60 percent of U.S. counties refuse to enforce state and federal gun laws during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” calling it a “growing problem in this country”.
“The majority of counties in this country have declared that they will not enforce state and federal gun laws,” the Connecticut senator said. “They have decided that they will essentially refuse to implement the laws that are on the books.”
“I think we need to have a conversation about whether we can continue to fund law enforcement in states where they refuse to implement these gun laws,” Murphy said, adding that he will speak to his colleagues about the issue .
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Murphy’s apparent renewed call to “defund the police” comes after many Democrats, including President Biden, called for police funding ahead of November’s midterm elections, and as a crime crisis spreads to the main North American cities.
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In September, the Association of Chiefs of Major Cities released a mid-year report on violent crime that surveyed more than 70 major U.S. police agencies and found that violent crime is up more than 4 percent in 2022 in compared to 2021 figures. Robberies and aggravated assaults outpaced the 2021 increase, rising 13.1% over 2021 totals and aggravated assaults up 2.6%.
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Murphy’s comments also raise questions about how Democratic-led cities have enforced, or failed to enforce, immigration laws as waves of migrants cross the southern border and unrest erupted throughout 2020.