OPINION | Barry Richard: Baker Balks on Death For Cop Killers
Massachusetts' tough-talking RINO Governor Charlie Baker continues to talk the talk without walking the walk after apparently balking on his call for the death penalty for cop killers.
Baker, like most fast talking pols, seized the moment following the shooting death of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon last month to demand the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer, but the Boston Herald says he has yet to file any such legislation. Baker's office tells the Herald that the governor will “carefully review” any legislation that reaches his desk.
Yeah, weaken the gun laws or allow men to pee in the ladies' room, and Baker is all over it. As always, Baker talks tough and fails to deliver the goods. Baker has been calling for putting cop killers to death for years, but apparently, the political winds in progressive Massachusetts must not be blowing in that direction.
Baker prefers to leave the heavy lifting to others. State Rep. Shuanna O'Connell (R-Taunton) is working on a bill that would impose the death penalty for killing cops. But this is Massachusetts, where the liberals would most likely support taking away a person's right to carry a gun, rather than punishing an individual convicted of killing a cop with one.
Legislative leaders have already indicated that they do not expect the legislation to succeed.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.