I’m pro–Second Amendment. I’m pro–law enforcement. And I’m pro-black. After the deaths of two black men at the hands of police last week, and the subsequent spate of deadly ambushes on police officers in at least four states (including a non-fatal ambush less than a mile from my home), far too many extremists on the left and right have acted as if these are opposing positions. They have seized on the violence to fan the flames of resentment.
The far Left tells people like me that in order to be pro-black, we need to support gun control and be wary of praising law enforcement. The far Right tells people like me that in order to be pro–law enforcement, we need to condemn Black Lives Matter and President Obama, and avoid criticizing police misconduct.
Neither path will stop the madness.
To heal America’s racial wounds, ease the escalating tensions, and end the violence, conservatives must lead the way on reforms that are both pro-black and pro–law enforcement, and do not entail curbing Second Amendment rights. These are reforms that have been promoted by many conservative intellectuals and elected officials, and should garner bipartisan support. There are no panaceas for the evil that runs through the human heart, but there are positive steps still to be taken:
1. End for-profit policing and reform civil-asset forfeiture
Shamed Dogan, husband and father, is a Republican State Representative from Ballwin, Missouri.