Commissioner’s statement made prescient by Planned Parenthood attack
A few days before the Planned Parenthood attack, New York Police commissioner William Bratton appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. He was there to discuss New York’s preparedness for potential attacks like the one in Paris.
Chuck Todd held the discussion from an external threat angle including the Syrian refugee crisis. Bratton would not allow his reality based statement to be muffled.
“If Congress really wants to do something instead of just talking about something,” William Bratton said. “Help us out with that terrorist watch list, those thousands of people that can purchase firearms in this country. I am more worried about them than I am about Syrian refugees to be quite frank with you. So if Congress wants to do something to help the American law enforcement community and the American public. Well let’s start getting serious about doing something that they can actually do something about.”
It was amazing that Chuck did not engage Bratton on the firearm purchase issue. We have already gone to war on false premises. The GOP clown cart is rebuilding a strong anti-peace, pro-war stance narrative, with the expectation of further U.S. involvement in Syria. Of course this would simply be a gift, a transfer of wealth to the owners of the military industrial complex.
As the commissioner said, Americans have more to fear from homegrown gun touting militants and bullies than from Syrian refugees. As one listens to the bluster and false narrative from the Republican Party over the Syrian refugee crisis, it is imperative that we act. For every piece of misinformation emanating from those in the clown cart, it is imperative that it is called out. Commissioner William Bratton’s statement was made prescient by the Planned Parenthood attack and the mass killing that has become a certain type of normalcy in America.