White House adviser, Rep. Banks spar over blame for crime spikes

A prime White House adviser and a GOP congressman, Rep. Jim Banks, sparred throughout separate appearances on a Sunday information present over which social gathering is accountable for the rise in violent crime throughout the nation.

Banks (R-Ind.) mentioned he agrees with President Biden’s final week releasing up COVID reduction funds to native governments so the cash might be spent on crime combating.

But he famous that Biden additionally mentioned in 2002 that having extra cops on the beat drives down crime.

“You will not hear Joe Biden say that today, because today Joe Biden is being held hostage in the White House by ‘The Squad’ and the radicals in the Democratic Party who control their party, who have spent the last year stigmatizing one of the most honorable professions in America, in our law enforcement,” Banks told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

He went on to say that the efforts to defund the police, take away certified immunity for law enforcement officials and introduce cashless bail are contributing to the spike in crime –and Democrats are behind these initiatives.

Jim Banks claimed that Joe Biden vocally supported expanding the police force to help stop crime in 2002.
Jim Banks claimed that Joe Biden vocally supported increasing the police drive to assist cease crime in 2002.
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“It’s a recipe that criminals in every city in America are liking what Democrats are selling. And that’s why you’re seeing unprecedented crime waves across America, murder rates this year alone that are higher than anything that we’ve seen before because we’ve taken police officers off the streets,” Banks, the chair of Republican Study Committee, mentioned.  

“And now Joe Biden wants to take guns away from law-abiding gun owners who have guns to protect themselves,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cedric Richmond, an adviser to the president, mentioned GOP lawmakers are those who wish to defund the police as a result of they refused to again the American Rescue Plan.

Biden last Wednesday mentioned cities and states might use the $350 billion in reduction help that the federal government started to distribute final month to bolster their police forces.

“We’re now providing more guidance on how they can use the $350 billion… to help reduce crime and address the root causes,” Biden mentioned. “For example, cities experiencing an increase in gun violence are able to use American Rescue Plan dollars to hire police officers needed for community policing and to pay their overtime.”

“When we were in Congress last year trying to pass a rescue plan – I’m sorry, not the rescue plan but an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters – it was the Republicans who objected to it,” Richmond informed Wallace earlier on “Fox News Sunday.”

“And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed,” he mentioned.

“Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police, but the truth is, they defunded the police, we funded crime intervention, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Cedric Richmond, an adviser to Biden, said GOP lawmakers want to defund the police because they refused to back the American Rescue Plan.
Cedric Richmond, an adviser to Biden, mentioned GOP lawmakers wish to defund the police as a result of they refused to again the American Rescue Plan.
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But Wallace identified in his interview with Richmond that the NYPD recorded a 53 p.c enhance in resignations and retirements final yr and that fifty of the largest cities within the US decreased their police budgets this yr.

“The president may not support defunding the police, but a lot of these cities are defunding the police,” Wallace requested him.

“I don’t think that you can just make that analysis or draw that conclusion. We were also in the midst of a pandemic where cities were cutting their budgets overall because their cash flow was down,” Ricmond mentioned.

He then raised the assault weapons ban in 1994.

“Crime was down in the ’90s when we banned assault weapons. And so, it’s time to ban assault weapons again. The president supports that, he’s asked Congress to do that,” Ricmond mentioned.

“And you have to look at access to guns when you talk about fighting violent crime. But we do it in a very comprehensive manner. We provide funding for crime intervention. We fund interrupters. We fund — we create funding for — after-school programs, summer jobs programs, recreation programs,” he continued.

Police investigate a scene where three people were shot on June 23, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. This is one of many recent crimes amid an uptick in violence across the nation.
Police examine a scene the place three individuals have been shot on June 23, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. This is considered one of many current crimes amid an uptick in violence throughout the nation.
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Banks discounted the consequences of the assault weapons ban on crime.

“Well, remember, Chris, that in 1994 when Joe Biden ushered through the so-called assault weapons ban, later the Department of Justice came out and said it did nothing to decrease violent crime. We know that 75 percent of gun crimes are committed with guns that are illegally obtained to begin with,” Banks informed Wallace. 

“So what I’m saying is that if we are serious about reducing violent crime in America, then Joe Biden will go on a national public relations campaign, admonish the radical voices in the Democratic Party that have stigmatized police officers and law enforcement,” he mentioned.

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