NYPD commissioner William Bratton shot down the dangerous rhetoric and ideas Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been spewing during their presidential campaigns as it pertains to patrolling Muslim neighborhoods and and the threat here in America from Muslim radical extremists.
As a police commissioner, Bratton is always going to defend officers from charges of brutality and the targeting of African Americans, but it's refreshing to finally hear a person in a powerful law enforcement position, be very honest about the terrorist-like threats that face us in a television interview.
And his most important statement was that we very safe, but are much more at risk as a nation from our own citizens of commiting mass murder rather then ISIS members crossing the border and murdering us in our sleep.
After watching a clip of Trump saying, “I don’t think America is a safe place for Americans. We’re allowing thousands of people to come in here. Nobody knows where they’re from,” Bratton disagreed.
“America is a very safe place,” Bratton explained. “But we have our incidences, we know. We’ve had more than our share of mass killing, some committed by terrorists, but the vast majority committed by American citizens living here who have access to firearms.”
Bratton then noted the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the lives of 20 six and seven-year-olds.
“Newtown was an example of that — all those young children killed by an American citizen,” he continued. “So a bigger threat at the moment is our own citizens than those abroad. That may change as the world get less stable.”