Over time, the world’s most famous sayings tend to get updated to be applicable to a contemporary audience. For example, in 424 A.D. St. Augustine wrote, “With love for mankind and hatred of sins.” This quote evolved into the familiar adage, “Hate the sin, not the sinner.”
Now that Democrats have supermajorities in the California state Legislature, they’ve rolled into Sacramento with a zest for lowering the state’s prison population and have interpreted St. Augustine’s words of wisdom to mean, “Hate the gun, not the gunman.”
I say this because, once they finally took a break from preaching about the benefits of stricter gun control, the state Senate voted to loosen sentencing guidelines for criminals convicted of gun crimes.
Currently, California law requires anyone who uses a gun while committing a felony to have their sentence increased by 10 years or more in prison — on top of the normal criminal penalty. If enacted, Senate Bill 620 would eliminate that mandate.
The bill, which passed on a 22-14 party-line vote, with support only from Democrats, now heads to the state Assembly for consideration. Republicans and the National Rifle Association have vowed to campaign against it.
Why have Democrats suddenly developed a soft spot for criminals convicted of gun crimes? The bill’s author, state Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, says that he was motivated to write the bill after a 17-year-old riding in a car involved in a drive-by shooting was sentenced to 25 years in prison, even though he claims that he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger.
So, apparently arguments that are good enough to convince the Robert Blake jury are good enough for the state Senate too.
I asked retired LAPD sergeant and former police specialist and SKYFOX Reporter at Fox 11 in Los Angeles Rod Bernsen what he made of this legislation, and he told me it will undoubtedly put law-abiding Californians in serious danger.
“After having thrown open the prison…