Sen. Kennedy’s reality check on violence: ‘love’ is the answer … ‘but I also own a handgun just in case’

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., has a reputation for being an entertaining, albeit straightforward interview and he didn’t disappoint in talking about crime in America today, saying “love is the answer, but I also own a handgun, just in case.”

Rampant crime is a growing problem in America and threatens to impact the midterm elections, a problem that is being exacerbated by a severe shortage of police officers in many Democrat-run areas — this being the end product of the widespread demonization of law enforcement following the death of George Floyd.

Kennedy appeared Tuesday on “Jesse Watters Primetime,” and offered his take on how to address the problem.

“If we want to get control of this crime problem that we have, we’re going to have to do a couple of things. Number one, we’re going to have to have more cops. In New Orleans, in my state, [it] needs 2,000 cops on the street — we’ve got less than 1,000,” Number two, we’re going to have to pay our cops. You’re not going to get cops to work in this woke environment without paying them. Number three, and this might be the most important: Our political leaders need to stand behind our cops.”

The Metropolitan Crime Commission declared the city of New Orleans the murder capital of the United States for the first half of the year, with homicides up by 46% from this same time last year and up 141% since 2019.

Kennedy also dispelled the myth pushed by the left that most cops are overly aggressive.

“Law enforcement cops have about 60 million encounters every year with the American people,” he said. “Do some of them go bad? Sure. Are there cases of police brutality? A handful. And they’re almost always prosecuted. The truth is that most cops will leave you alone unless you do illegal stuff. And our political leadership has got to stand behind them.”

“Number four, we have got to get rid of these prosecutors whose mantra is, ‘See no evil, hear no evil, prosecute no evil.’ And number five, I would tell people, if you care to, avail yourself of your privileges under the Second Amendment,” Kennedy concluded. “Now, I’ve said this before, and I mean it. I believe love is the answer. I do. But I also own a handgun, just in case.”

Fox News host Jesse Watters would chime in to note that it’s not “guys wearing MAGA hats” committing all the crimes in America.

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