The recent shootings on the college campus of Michigan State University (MSU) played out like they always do in the Democrat playbook. They immediately go partisan on the issue. They have a direct line that goes from a shooter killing people to angrily demanding gun control. They whine and cry and tell us that they’re not going to take it anymore. After every incident they say that “this is the time” to strip guns away from law abiding citizens or at the very least make it harder for us to obtain or use a gun.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her democratic cohorts in the Democrat-controlled Michigan House and Senate are certainly wasting no time promising gun control legislation after the MSU shooting – in the form of measures that include, at the very least, safe storage laws, tougher background checks and red flag laws. They have promised to work at lightening speed to save us all.
The Democrats completely ignore the fact that they’re imposing new laws that criminals don’t care about and won’t follow. That’s why they are called criminals. The Democrats also ignore the fact that most of these mass shootings happen in gun-free zones (like MSU) with an illegal gun. Once again, criminals don’t follow laws.
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When there is a mass shooting, it’s kind of funny to see how the Democrats suddenly become “pro life” but when an INDIVIDUAL is killed, they completely ignore it. Why? Because the Democrats have a political agenda against the second amendment. They have a political agenda to force as many regulations and rules on our society as they can possibly get away with. And when we’re killed off one at a time, that doesn’t fit their narrative and they are unable to exploit the situation in a way that they need to.
So what do they say about the killings in Chicago every week? Nothing. What do they say about crime rates and homicides skyrocketing in the country? Nothing. Ten dead Americans killed individually in a city doesn’t cause much of a stir in Democrat-land but if they’re done all in one place, then the Democrats take notice.
America is in a crime crisis and the Democrats are a big part of the problem. Progressive policies are getting Americans killed and the jackasses (Democrats DO have a donkey for a logo) could care less. They have no real concern for life. They have a concern for votes and mass shootings are part of their marketing plan to get those votes – to gin up their base – to have another cause to “fight” for and to vote for.
And the Democrats will tell you that this time – this time – with all the new gun control laws that they’re working on, they will stop all of the shootings. They promise. Believe them. They would never lie to you.
What the Democrats NEVER talk about is the fact that PEOPLE kill people – not guns. They rarely talk about the shooter being the responsible one. Nope, it’s always “gun violence.” The gun just walked off on its own and went after people.
The Democrats rarely blame the criminal or the criminal’s past or the “justice” system. They ignore the long long criminal records that the criminals have. They ignore the criminals being able to go in and out of jail with easy sentences, plea deals, no cash bail, getting misdemeanors instead of felonies, and get offered sweet deals from prosecutors.
Ah, yes, the plea deal. The scourge of the justice system. The Marshall Project says that trials are rare and about 94% of felony convictions at the state level and about 97% at the federal level are the result of plea bargains. So criminals RARELY get consequences for their actual crimes.
The Marshall Project, a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system, says, “These (plea) deals are struck between the prosecution and the defense in which the defendant admits guilt and gives up their right to a trial in exchange for a shorter sentence, a lesser charge or more favorable terms.”
And, of course, it’s all about the Benjamins. They say that plea bargains allow courts to clear cases faster and avoid trial costs. And with all of the backlog due to COVID-19 and increased crime in general, the courts need to move things along, justice be damned.
In recent years, things have gotten even worse for us to be able to get any sort of justice because of the “Defund the Police” movement and the George Soros-backed prosecutors who don’t actually prosecute crimes because they are progressives who are more concerned with equity. The leftists decided that too many people of color are getting locked up so they are working on putting an end to that – at any cost. And the cost it us.
One of those Soros-backed prosecutors was Ingham County prosecutor Democrat Carole Siemon who is gone (thank goodness) after she “retired” halfway through her term on December 31, 2022, after having been criticized for her criminal justice “reforms.” Siemon was listed as a partner in the Soros-backed Vera Institute of Justice (VIJ) to “reduce racial disparities in the criminal legal system by at least 20%” and participate in a more equitable future for criminals.
Vera calls themselves a “national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change.” They develop “just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity.”
Right. Everyone except victims – and future victims.
One of Vera’s main campaigns is “Defund the Police” and President/Executive Director Nicholas Turner says that “Vera is committed to dismantling the current culture of policing and working toward solutions that defund police and shift power to communities.” Another director at the organization, Jamila Hodge, calls to “radically dismantle” the current U.S. justice system because it “dehumanizes and devalues Black people.” Herbert Sturz, a co-founder or VIJ serves as a senior advisor to George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
VIJ partner Siemon not only irritated judges and Sheriffs offices with her soft on crime approach offering plea deals right and left (even those charged with murder), she was also criticized for her handling of the MSU sexual assault cases involving athletes and her policies on NOT CHARGING FOR GUN OFFENSES during traffic stops as well as limiting the number of felony firearm charges her office authorizes.
These policy changes, according to Siemon, were made as “an effort to address the impact of systemic racial bias in the criminal legal system” and she made Soros proud because her office was able to lower the number of people incarcerated for crimes in Ingham county. Bravo.
One the lucky recipients of Siemon’s lax and equitable policies was MSU school shooter Anthony McRae, who was able to make a plea deal on a gun charge during Siemon’s tenure.
According to Detroit Free Press, McRae was approached by a police officer outside of a building at 2 am when burglaries in the area prompted a request for patrols. The article said, “McRae had a Ruger LCP .380 semiautomatic handgun in his pants pocket, and a magazine in the breast pocket of his shirt, according to court records. He also admitted that he didn’t have a concealed carry permit, as required under Michigan law. However, McRae’s lawyer would later argue the arrest violated his client’s constitutional rights. He called the incident what legal experts frequently deem a Terry stop, after a prominent court case that regulates when an officer can legally detain and search someone.”
McRae’s attorney argued the police had no reason to search his client and that it was unconstitutional. He said therefore, they couldn’t use any evidence found during the search including the gun or magazine. Prosecutors disagreed but the case didn’t go to court because the two sides made a deal.
If McRae would have been convicted of a felony, he wouldn’t be allowed to legally own a gun. But since he pleaded to a misdemeanor, he could.
Current Ingham County Prosecutor John J. Dewane made a statement about the circumstances of the incident. He said, “In 2019, Anthony McRae was contacted by police. During the investigation, he was searched by police and found to be in possession of a handgun that was legally registered to him. At the time, he did not have a concealed carry permit as required by law. As a result, he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony punishable by up to five years.”
Dewane went on to say, “On October 24, 2019, Mr. McRae entered a guilty plea to an added Count 2: Possession of a Loaded Firearm in or upon a Vehicle, a High Court Misdemeanor punishable by up to two years. On November 26, 2019, Mr. McRae was sentenced to 12 months probation with terms set by the 30th Circuit Court. On May 14, 2021, after successfully completing all terms of his probation, Mr. McRae was successfully discharged from probation.”
Dewane continued, “Any offender who is convicted and facing sentencing in Michigan is provided a Sentence Guideline (SGL) score during their pre-sentence investigation. The SGL score provides the court with guidance for a sentence recommendation. It is a routine matter in nearly all criminal cases that the recommended sentence is not the same as the legal maximum. Even if he were convicted by a jury of the original charge, Anthony McRae would not have been recommended for a jail or prison sentence. The sentencing guideline score would have been the same if he had been convicted of either the original charge (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) or the offense for which he was convicted (carrying a firearm in a vehicle).”
Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Our justice system already sucks because of plea deals and sentencing guidelines – and then you add on top of that, woke prosecutors who want “equity” and our safety goes out the window entirely. We are all sitting ducks.
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