Political commentator claims Obama, not guns, to blame after Baton Rouge police shootings

Political commentator claims respect for institutions is 'eroding' after Baton Rouge police shootings

A policeman stands guard near the site of the shootings in the capital of Louisiana

Monday, July 18, 2016

Political commentator Charlie Wolf has told talkRADIO that Barack Obama must shoulder some of the blame for the recent spate of police shootings in the United States, and that tighter gun control would NOT prevent atrocities such as those that took place in Baton Rouge and Dallas.

Wolf, a former communications director for Republicans Abroad UK, added that public respect for institutions like the police is 'eroding', leading to a breakdown in law and order.

"Unfortunately, some of [the blame for] this does have to go back to the Obama administration," he told Penny Smith. "This could have been a time when blacks could have done so much better. It was a symbolic turning point in history, seeing Barack Obama elected in 2008. 

"But he never made [political] capital out of that like he could have."

Around 08:40 on Sunday morning, police officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola were killed and three others wounded after a shooter opened fire in the capital of Louisiana. Following a shootout, the gunman – named as Gavin Long from Kansas City, a former Marine who had served from 2005 to 2010 – was also killed.

President Obama appealed for calm after the shootings, which he labelled as a “cowardly and reprehensible assault”. 

"The gun issue is not the issue," Wolf said. "I know it's a reflex over here [in the UK], but maybe that's a misunderstanding of American culture. 

"More laws are not going to work. They are not going to stop a former Marine who has it in for white police officers.

"What makes this a scary time is that the respect for our institutions is being eroded – these people aren't thinking twice about shooting cops.

"We need to get back to the respect for the police and the rules of law."

Listen to the whole of Charlie Wolf's interview with Penny Smith above.