Sen. Cotton: Memphis Criminals Should Have Served Longer Sentences for Prior Offenses

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) responded to the recent crimes in Memphis on Wednesday’s episode of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle.”

He said part of the reason we’ve reached this point is because “the left across America failed to treat criminals as the criminals they are.”

He claimed the majority of Memphis residents wished these criminals served more time behind bars.

The residents of Memphis deserve much better from their city government, according to Cotton.

You have only recently witnessed these crimes. That is indicative of Memphis’ long history of crime. It is an accurate representation of crime in major American cities.

The left and even some Republicans are wrong when they claim that there is an over-incarceration problem in this nation.

Cotton: “Residents of Memphis deserve much better from their city government.”

Cotton added that the bail system has been abolished nationwide by Democrats. Sentences in prison have been reduced. The death penalty has been abandoned.

They feel greater sympathy for offenders than for their victims. Now, what are the Democrats going to do when you witness crime rampages like the ones we’ve seen in cities like Philadelphia and Memphis in recent days?

Torn away is your right to protect your family and yourself, as a law-abiding citizen.

Minorities most impacted by crime surge.

As a matter of fact, minorities are most likely to be impacted by this crime surge, Cotton continued. Memphis has a large African American population.

Take a look at what they have been through, not just in recent days, but also in the months and years of increasing crime. The same is true in a large number of other major American cities as well.

Where crime is on the rise in African Americans’ neighborhoods, the Democratic left has failed them.

“I think most Memphis residents wish that this criminal had spent more time in prison than just a few years for his crimes.”

“I also believe Eliza Fletcher and her family wishes that her killer had spent more time in prison than what he did for his horrific crimes,” Cotton said in his conclusion.

Prison serves as a place of not only punishment and deterrence, but also immobilization.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the shooter who went on a rampage on Wednesday was previously detained for attempted first-degree murder and reckless endangerment in 2020.

He was given a three-year sentence, but was freed in March of this year.

According to The Daily Beast, the defendant was given a three-year term after being indicted in 2020 for attempted murder, weapon possession, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

A 24-year sentence for kidnapping was given to the alleged murderer of Eliza Fletcher, of which he served only 20 years.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.