Time to put an end to criminal justice legislation

July 8, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to legislation proposed that would result in retroactive sentence reductions of federal prison, resulting in the early release of thousands of felons:

“It is repugnant to engage in the language of violence against those who are sworn to uphold the law, and in fact it is an attack on the rule of law itself. We’ve seen riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere around the nation justified even as the facts supported the police. The assassination of five law enforcement officers in Dallas is the fruit of this poisoned tree.

“Incredibly some Republican Members of Congress in the face of this accelerating disintegration of the rule of law, continue to press forward with the agenda of the loudest voices attacking the thin blue line that runs between civility and chaos on our city streets through their support of so-called Criminal Justice Reform.

“Republican leadership need to put an end to all discussion of the ill-conceived legislation which would release additional hard core criminals back onto the streets at this perilous moment where respect for the law and those who enforce it has been at least partially thrown out the window.  It is obscene that out of some misguided attempt to assuage the concerns of those who have engaged in the harshest rhetoric against the police, those anti-police voices should be rewarded with a major rewrite of our nation’s federal criminal laws.

“The terrorists who killed five and injured seven Dallas law enforcement officers trying to protect a Black Lives Matter rally are not excused due to the historic inciting language of BLM aimed at those who died protecting them.  These terrorists need to feel the full brunt of the law.

“Similarly, the agents of hate who inspired these brazen assassinations should not be rewarded by having their faulty agenda moved forward through Congress.  It’s time for GOP leaders to finally just say no to the empty the prisons agenda of Black Lives Matter and other agents of Blue hate.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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