An illegal immigrant, whose rap sheet included seven felony convictions and five deportations, decided to shoot at some sea lions off a San Francisco pier. Using a gun stolen from a federal agent’s car, he began firing—ultimately striking and killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
Afterwards, media outlets wondered how Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was able to get his hands on a firearm in the gun-control utopia of the left coast. They asked the question as wide-eyed innocents—seemingly unable to comprehend that a felon with a disregard for immigration laws, drug laws and homicide laws would have a similar disdain for gun laws. A simple reminder for those mired in the anti-gun fog: Laws only affect the law-abiding.
The real question reporters should be asking is, “Why was Sanchez roaming free in the first place?” That’s one answer the family of Kathryn Steinle would dearly love to hear.