Council members voted 12-0 to defund the police despite the lack of alternatives. However, the defund the police council members had a solution for their own safety: taxpayers dollars. Three members of the Minneapolis city council spend $4,500 per day to hire private guards using taxpayers' money.
When asked about their spending, Councilmember Andrea Jenkins said she was concerned about the White Nationalists who had been threatening her. She said she had been requesting for private security since 2018 when she took office. Other councilors benefitting from the public coffers for security are Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano. The city has spent $63,000 in hiring private guards for the three members within three weeks.
When questioned by Fox 9, Cunningham refused to discuss the issue.
"I don't feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats," the councilman said.
However, none of the three councilmembers has reported receiving any threats, according to Minneapolis Police Department. Consequently, there has been no investigation or any evidence provided regarding the threats. Jenkins said she did not report the threats because she was very busy dealing with the pandemic and the killing of George Floyd.
Surprisingly, she has been busy since 2018 to have reported any of the alleged incidents. Additionally, the pandemic did not exist before December 2019, and the death of Floyd took place less than a couple of months ago.
Even if we give them the benefit of the doubt and assume their threats are real, they have the privilege of hiring security guards using public money. What will happen when members of the public receive similar security threats in the absence of the police?
The same councilors have been critical of the Second Amendment of residents. Some, like Jenkins, have issued statements in support of gun control. It isn't easy to imagine what common residents of the city are supposed to do for their security when all options are taken away.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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