Surprise, surprise: Democrats are using an absolute tragedy for their own gain and personal agenda. This time, instead of calling for a sit-in like colleague Representative Lewis constructed just a couple of weeks ago, Representative Butterfield is calling for the for Republicans to stop “refusing to address the gun violence in America”.
He goes on in his usual race-baiting way, sighting, “The Republicans in Congress are refusing to address gun violence in America that targets black men and black women and Hispanic men and Hispanic women and, yes, even police officers.”
Excuse me while I call foul on the fact that you obviously just happened to add the words, “police officers” to your speech. When we all know you would have called for “an end to gun violence” through means of gun control, with or without the help of this senseless massacre of my hometown’s men and women, in uniform. The ones that have served and protected me, my family and my community.
Butterfield drivels on,
“We need legislative action now. We don’t need to leave the Hill this week or any week without assuring the American people that we understand the problem of police misconduct in America. We understand the murders of innocent black Americans. We get it. We understand the problems faced by our law enforcement officers and I don’t want to diminish that in this conversation today. We understand the problems faced by law enforcement officers, most of whom put on the uniform every day and serve and protect our communities.”
Republicans, what on Earth — why are you recoiling and not giving us a debate on gun violence? Why not give it a hearing? Give us a debate. Give us an up or down vote on legislation on gun violence. Why? Last night while on the floor, we were advised that several hundred protesters were en route to the Capitol, demonstrating and protesting and exercising the First Amendment rights, their First Amendment rights by demanding that we as elected officials protect their sons and daughters and their grandsons and granddaughters, their brothers and their sisters.
‘At 10:00 PM, the Congressional Black Caucus, along with other members from other caucuses, went outside of the Capitol and we met the demonstrators. We spoke to them. We embraced them. And we helped lead their march to the White House. They told us with unambiguous clarity that Black Lives Matter, that the movement is serious, it is organized and they demand legislative action now. And that we don’t leave this place until it’s done.
‘I applaud —we applaud the demonstrators last night for telling us the deaths of Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights gives them the energy and determination they need to pull off the band aid of the stain of irresponsible police killings in America. The two acts of murder this week that we all so sadly know must be addressed by law enforcement. It must be addressed by the Congress of the United States.
‘If we fail to act, this will be a long hot summer. In the rally audience last evening, a young lady held up a sign that read, ‘I wept more last night than I slept.’ Colleagues, America is weeping. They are angry. They are frustrated. And Congress, when I say Congress, I mean the Republicans in Congress, are refusing to address gun violence in America that targets black men and black women and Hispanic men and Hispanic women and, yes, even police officers.
The Congressional Black Caucus is frustrated. You want to say we’re mad, we’re mad. We are determined to take our advocacy now to a higher level.’
Congressional Black Caucus, a group that made up of primarily Democrat members and notoriously unfriendly to those outside of that affiliation, you can hold as many sit-ins and “calls to action” as your heart desires. I have made this clear, time and time again. As for me, Black America, and America in general, excuse me while I proudly report..we aren’t buying it.