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Cotton: Biden's Crime Policy Is 'I Hope You Don't Get Shot'

By Julia Johnson | June 28, 2021 | 3:07pm EDT
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing. (Photo credit: ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing. (Photo credit: ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) slammed President Joe Biden’s recent remarks on rising violent crime, claiming that the president's crime policy could be summed up as "I hope you don't get shot" on “Life, Liberty, and Levin” Sunday evening. 

"He said that crime goes up in the summertime, so we should expect crime to continue to rise over the next three months, as if he’s trying to apologize in advance for what he knows is going to be a dangerous summer," Cotton told host Mark Levin. "I guess Joe Biden’s crime policy is 'well, I hope you don’t get shot when you go out to a restaurant with your husband or wife this summer.'"

The congressman also blasted Biden's push for gun control.

“Rifles are responsible for an infinitesimal number of the crimes committed in this country every year. You're more likely to be murdered by a blunt object like a hammer, or a skillet, or someone’s fists than you are a rifle,” Cotton said, referencing Biden’s focus on restricting rifles rather than handguns. 

People are shooting each other in cities with handguns, not with rifles. Yet Joe Biden is going to turn a blind eye to the crime wave that the Democratic Party’s policies have caused and he’s going to take away your rifles to defend yourself from that crime wave in your home.

Below is a transcript of the segment.

Mark Levin: Sen. Tom Cotton, violence in this country is through the roof. Murder and not just murder, and not just gun crimes -- it is through the roof and the president of the United States gave a speech the other day which was almost incomprehensible. And he was addressing issues that in my view will have absolutely nothing to do with reducing violence in this country but he is obsessed, as is his party, as are their surrogates, with attacking various parts of the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment. What say you? 

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR): Mark, it was an astonishing speech by Joe Biden last week in which he tried to grapple with the crime wave that is crashing across this country. As the president said, murders increased in the single highest rate in any year they have on record last year and they've continued to increase in 2021. And it’s not just murder; it’s serious and violent crimes of all sorts. Yet Joe Biden's answer was, basically, surrender. He said that crime goes up in the summertime, so we should expect crime to continue to rise over the next three months, as if he’s trying to apologize in advance for what he knows is going to be a dangerous summer. I guess Joe Biden’s crime policy is "well, I hope you don’t get shot when you go out to a restaurant with your husband or wife this summer." And then he turned and started talking about gun control, about taking away guns from law-abiding citizens, about harassing law-abiding responsible gun store owners. Again, this is mostly focused, Mark, on rifles. Rifles are responsible for an infinitesimal number of the crimes committed in this country every year. You are more likely to be murdered by a blunt object like a hammer, or a skillet, or someone’s fists than you are a rifle. The crime wave that we see in this country is almost entirely the result of handguns. You’ve probably seen those videos, I have seen them, your viewers have probably seen them as well. People are shooting each other in cities with handguns, not with rifles. Yet Joe Biden is going to turn a blind eye to the crime wave that the Democratic Party’s policies have caused and he’s going to take away your rifles to defend yourself from that crime wave in your home.

Look, it’s no mystery what caused this crime wave. Now, the Democrats like to say, "Oh it was the pandemic and people are lonely and isolated and unemployed." Well, Mark, the pandemic’s over. And other countries faced the pandemic as well and they didn't see a huge spike in murders and assaults and other crimes. I can tell you exactly why we have this crime wave. First, it’s because Democrats, and unfortunately some Republicans, have been letting serious criminals out of jail. Second, it's because radical prosecutors and governors refuse to send serious criminals to prison in the first place. And third, Democrats for more than a year now have been attacking the police, calling for defunding the police or abolishing the police, discouraging them from vigorously doing their jobs to keep communities safe. You add those factors together and it’s not a surprise that we're seeing a Biden crime wave all across this country. 

Julia Johnson is a CNSNews intern and student at the University of South Carolina.

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