For several weeks now, I’ve been pointing out the fact that the Defund Police movement cannot comfortably co-exist with the modern gun control movement, though gun control advocates are desperate to ignore the inherent contradiction between the movement to de-police our cities while imposing all kinds of new gun laws that will be enforced by armed agents of the State. Most gun control groups would rather pretend that their gun laws don’t create non-violent, possessory gun crimes, and they refuse to acknowledge that all of their efforts amount to an attempt to arrest our way to safety.
Case in point, Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts, who was recently interviewed by Fortune magazine and specifically said that “police violence is gun violence.”
Police violence is gun violence and that’s why our movement must be responsive as well. We’re partnering with leaders and organizations who are experts against policing. We’re committed to working with them to address white supremacy and racism at its roots. We are seeing an appetite among lawmakers to push through anti-police brutality legislation.