Under Obama, the average number of police intentionally killed each year has fallen to its lowest level yet -- an average of 62 deaths annually through 2015. If you include the 2016 police officer shootings year-to-date and project it out to a full year, that average of 62 deaths doesn't change. (Christopher Ingraham/Washington Post via Chicago tribune)
A few conservatives blamed President Obama for the deaths of cops in Dallas. One of the worst condemnations came from former congressman, Joe Walsh.
Walsh, now a radio host, defended an inflammatory tweet he made on Twitter.
""I think Obama's words and the deeds of Black Lives Matter, I think they have contributed to the deaths of police officers in this country," Walsh said. (WLS)
Christopher Ingraham used data in a feeble attempt to prove police are safer under president Obama. That is like saying the president is responsible for the rise or fall of murder rates in Chicago. It is ridiculous.
Joe Walsh is as blissfully ignorant and willingly uninformed as Christopher Ingraham.
No president of the United States is responsible for police officers getting killed. No president of the United States can or should be given credit for the low number of police officers getting killed, or anyone else for that matter.
President Obama did nothing to contribute to the murders of police officers in Dallas. President Obama did nothing to lower the numbers of officers getting killed under his two terms.
During the 1960's-70's police officers were being killed at an alarming rate. No one blamed presidents for their deaths. During the 1980's through today, no one gave credit to presidents for mitigating police killings.
Presidents have no affect on police killings. President Obama, love him or hate him, is not responsible for the deaths of those police officers in Dallas or anyplace else. He is not responsible for the lower numbers of officers being killed.
To say otherwise is ridiculous and ignorant. You can love or hate this president, or any other president. But to make bold, outrageous, or simpleminded statements regarding something presidents have no control over is grossly irresponsible, reckless, and negligent.
Mr. Ingraham owes readers an apology for his misleading column. Joe Walsh owes America an apology for his ignorant inflammatory rhetoric. We will never see or hear both. Neither man has the intelligence or responsibility to say they are sorry or sadly mistaken.
Conservatives are throwing around the term "War on Cops" and blaming the president for it. Liberals and Obama apologists are defending the president, claiming there is no war on cops.
Both are wrong. They are putting out a false narrative. Both conservatives and liberals, or better, Republicans and Democrats, are responsible for the war on cops. Politicians, elected by the people, are responsible for the war on cops. In effect, the people of America hold responsibility for the war on cops.
The war on cops is not a war of mayhem and murder. It is a war of words. It is a war of and by politicians seeking votes. It is a war of attrition by activists and profiteering attorneys seeking revenge instead of justice, known as lawfare.
The war on cops has been raging since the Greek and Roman Empires controlled their far flung realms with soldiers, the original police forces.
I was a police officer for almost 30 years. The war on cops was waged during that whole time. It would take volumes to list the reasons and conditions for this continual warfare.
The war on cops has nothing to do with presidents. Police officer safety or danger has nothing to do with presidents. Police are no safer under president Obama. They are in no more danger under this president. Just like they were not safer or in more danger under other presidents.
Only the blissfully ignorant and willingly uninformed believe otherwise. People like Joe Walsh, Christopher Ingraham, and those who believe whatever they say or write.
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