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.