San Bernardino, Calif., location of the deadly terrorist attack late last year that killed 14, is experiencing a sharp jump in violent crime this year, leaving city and law enforcement officials wondering why.
Well, let us help you with that a little. But first the details: With four months left in 2016, there have already been 150 shootings and 47 murders in the city of only 216,000 residents. Last year there were only 44 murders, and that included the 14 killed in the terror attack at a holiday party by the husband-wife jihadi duo.
Might we suggest that, just like in Chicago, San Bernardino’s lack of prosecution of violent criminals violating existing gun laws could be at least partly to blame. San Bernardino is located in the federal Central District for California, the district that placed dead last (Number 90 out of 90) in 2015 for federal weapons prosecutions. Perhaps prosecuting bad guys instead of further restricting the rights of good guys might be the answer?
Border Country Ranchers Arm Up Against Cartels
Life on America’s southern border can be tough on ranchers, and having to contend with violent Mexican drug gangs certainly doesn’t make things any easier.
Jim Chilton, a fifth-generation rancher, told ft.com that he routinely deals with cartel members crossing his land. “We live in an area controlled by the Sinaloa cartel,” Chilton said. “We have a mountain back here, Sinaloa cartel scouts resided on it. [On] all of the mountains back here, we’ve seen cartel scouts … In fact, they may be watching us now.”
With the Obama administration basically abandoning border country ranchers, they—like their ancestors often did—make due by taking care of themselves. “How do we protect ourselves? We pack guns,” Chilton said. “I have a gun with me everywhere I go.”
Senior Citizen Fights Off Home Intruder
A 70-year-old Tijeras, N.M., man was attacked by a home intruder last Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, his firearm made him more than a match for his younger attacker.
According to local media reports, a man broke into the senior citizen’s home and started attacking him with a hockey stick. He suffered severe head injuries, but managed to shoot and kill his attacker during the melee.
“Good for him,” neighbor Szonja Johnson told KRQE. “That’s awesome that he was able to think that fast and he was able to protect himself. He’s an elderly guy so, that’s a pretty big thing to survive.”