An attorney for serial criminal and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is using a favorite anti-gun tactic—blaming Sanchez’s alleged murder of Kate Steinle on the gun he used to commit the crime.
Sanchez has been accused of shooting Steinle with a stolen pistol he found on a pier in San Francisco in 2015. And the defense claims that the SIG Sauer handgun he used is inherently unsafe, so the killing wasn’t Sanchez’s fault.
“… claims the gun is accident-prone cannot be brushed aside—that’s because the SIG Sauer operates exactly as designed,” Matt Gonzalez wrote earlier this week in The San Francisco Examiner. “It’s an elite handgun intended for law enforcement and military personnel who may need to fire it with split second notice.”
Of course, all handguns are designed to be fired with “split second” notice. If Steinle’s murder can be blamed on a perfectly functioning handgun, what murder couldn’t be?
Hopefully a jury will see through such anti-gun smoke and mirrors.
Report: ATF Looks At Repealing Some Gun Regulations
According to a report at Bearingarms.com, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is working to determine what firearm-related regulations need to be “repealed or replaced.” ATF’s efforts come on the heels of an executive order from President Donald Trump that requested that the department “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.”
Law enforcement officials, along with leaders from both pro-gun and anti-gun groups, were present in a handful of meetings to discuss the topic with ATF. Following one gathering, National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Larry Keane wrote that, “It is a unique opportunity to work with an administration that wants to advance the contributions of the firearms and ammunition industries to our national, state and local economies.”
For its part, Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun mouthpiece thetrace.com noted that gun control groups “expressed concern” over an internal agency white paper from Ronald Turk, ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer. They bemoaned that a report labeled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations” should spell out the Second Amendment, and questioned whether the “firearms industry has too much influence.” In other words, business as usual for Bloomberg’s faux news site.
Madison Mayor Goes After Guns, Not Criminals
Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, Wis., has announced a new program offering a $1,000 bounty for information that leads to the seizure of “illegal firearms that have been used in a violent incident.”
The Capital Times reports that Soglin is funding the program with money from the mayor’s office, even though studies in other cities evaluating the effectiveness of this type of program are still in progress. “At this juncture I’m not going to wait for their conclusions and recommendations,” he stated.
Why is Mayor Soglin rushing to implement a program with no empirical backing? “… There are a number of individuals … who have little regard for safety of others as well as themselves,” he explained. “They are destroying the fabric of our community and peace of mind of Madison residents.” So … maybe try putting out a bounty on those actual criminals? That might yield better results than continuing to pretend that guns are the real problem.
Minnesota Senior Citizen Uses Gun To Stop Dog Attack
A 74-year-old Dalton, Minn., man on Friday shot a large dog that was charging him, putting an end to the attack.
According to a report in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, the man was bicycling down the street when a large snarling dog broke its leash and rushed toward him. The man was afraid and believed the dog intended to hurt him, so he drew a handgun and shot the dog. The animal backed off, but charged a second time, when the man’s shouting caused it to retreat again.
A sheriff’s spokesman told the newspaper that the man who was attacked had a concealed-carry permit. The dog has not been located since the incident.