The “War on Cops” Is a Right-Wing Invention

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From Andrew McCarthy:

The War on Cops Continues

Several news services are reporting that one San Diego police officer has been killed and another badly wounded (but expected to survive) after a driver they pulled over late Thursday night opened fire on them. The suspected shooter is in custody. After an intensive manhunt in the city’s Southcrest neighborhood, the police department has indicated that they believe the shooter acted alone.

Can we stop this? It’s horrible when a police officer is killed, but it’s the nature of the job. Sometimes criminals open fire on cops. On average over the past decade, about one police officer is killed by gunfire every week.

The mass shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge recently were especially horrible, but I hope we’re not going to go through this “war on cops” nonsense on a weekly basis, whenever some gangbanger somewhere takes a shot at a police officer. Let’s keep a clear head about this stuff.

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