Saturday night there was a fight outside a bar in Sacramento at about 2:00am. That’s a bad time to be out and mixing it up with anyone, anywhere and things went sideways. Badly.
— UA News (@UrgentAlertNews) April 3, 2022
Two people opened fire and six people were killed. About twice that many were wounded. That’s just another day ending in ‘y’ in Chicago, but this shooting took place in the capital of the civilian disarmament industry’s model state for the regulation and limitation of gun rights in America.
And then things got even worse for the gun-grabbers.
As the investigation progressed, an arrest was made yesterday. The first suspect taken in was Dandrae Martin who’s described by CBS News as someone with a “history of violent crime.”
Investigators say they’re not sure if he allegedly shot first or shot back after someone else opened fire.
Either way, shoot, he allegedly did. And yet…he’s a convicted felon.
In 2014, [Martin] pleaded guilty to domestic violence in Riverside County, California, and served 30 days in jail and community service. In Arizona in 2016, he was charged with felony aggravated assault and domestic violence and sentenced to two-and-a-half years.
In 2018, he was charged again with domestic violence, misdemeanor criminal damage and a felony marijuana violation. In 2019, he was found guilty of violating his probation.
Today another arrest was made . . .
Smiley was one of those who were shot during the melee Saturday night — most likely by his own brother — and is currently recovering from his wounds in a hospital.
So what we have here are two prohibited persons with stolen firearms (that’s illegal) one of whom had a machine gun (against the law). They allegedly opened fire on a crowd of people (also illegal) killing six (we’re sure there’s a law against that, too). It’s almost as if criminals don’t give a flying fornication about gun laws…or any other kind, come to think of it.
But the Brothers Martin didn’t commit their early morning mayhem just anywhere. They did it at ground zero for gun control in America. The place where every half-baked idea for infringing on and limiting the right to keep and bear arms happens first.
California has virtually every gun control law you can think of already on the books. They have universal background checks. A 10-day waiting period. A magazine capacity limit. A red flag law. An “assault weapons” ban. A one-handgun-a-month purchase limit. They even have background checks on ammunition purchases (for God’s sake). No firearm sales to anyone under 21. A “ghost gun” ban. Registration. All of it.
That makes things a little awkward for the gun control lobby. Remember, the justification for all of the laws already in force in the Golden State was that each one was going to really do something to stop violent crime.
Now, after what happened in Sacramento, how do you argue for still more gun control laws with a straight face when you have a high profile shooting by a couple of prohibited persons in the place that already has all the gun control laws?
It’s left America’s opponents of civilian gun rights wondering . . .
When in doubt, politicians and those whose business it is to disarm law-abiding Americans tend to fall back on what they know best. What’s comfortable. What they’ve managed to memorize and can easily regurgitate on command.
For instance, the President was handed a note with the administration’s rote talking points on the topic . . .
We also continue to call on Congress to act. Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer. These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives.
Apparently no one in the White House is aware that California already has the first four items on Uncle Joe’s wishlist in place. They have for years. Yet those laws did literally nothing to keep a gun out of the hands of a pair of recidivist felons.
And, of course, Biden’s pipe dream of repealing the PLCAA wouldn’t have done anything at all to prevent Saturday’s shooting. Neither would passing his bloated budget (unless he thinks even higher inflation might have priced the guns Dandrae and Smiley Martin used out of their reach).
Sacramento’s mayor was equally confused as to how to formulate a coherent response, so he used the time-tested method pioneered by mayors in cities like New York and Chicago — he blamed the problem on other states . . .
California has the strictest gun laws of any state in the nation. But state laws fall short, according to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, “when we don’t have a national commitment to reducing gun violence.”
“Others have said, and it’s so true, you just have to go to a gun show in Reno to buy an assault weapon without a background check and come right back to California,” he told CapRadio’s Insight on Monday morning.
First, there’s no evidence that the Martins got the guns they used outside of California…or that either one was an “assault weapon.” You can bet that if the guns they used were anything other than handguns, that fact would have been splashed across every front page and cable new chyron by now.
Oh, and there’s also the inconvenient fact that Nevada has had a “universal” background check law on the books since 2020. Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but your talking point holds no water.
When all else fails, of course, you can always blame the other party. Here’s what one California state assemblywoman had to say . . .
The youngest victims were 21 years old — they had their whole lives ahead of them. It is infuriating that such senseless gun violence still plagues our streets. This is 100% preventable. Our hearts collectively ache while Republicans in Congress do nothing.https://t.co/kESz0pTcls
— Buffy Wicks (@BuffyWicks) April 4, 2022
But wait. Wicks isn’t just an anonymous East Bay California Assembly back-bencher. She’s also the wife of Peter Ambler, the executive director of the Giffords civilian disarmament operation.
So being married to a professional gun control advocate — someone who earns his living arguing for the imposition of ever more limits on Second Amendment rights — you’d think she’d be aware that Democrats, not Republicans, control both the House and the Senate in Washington. Surely she’s aware of that, right?
Of course she is. And that makes her pointing the finger of blame at Congressional Republicans for a shooting that happened in the Land Where Gun Rights Go to Die all the more laughable. Bless her heart.
So in addition to the victims of Saturday night’s shooting, keep America’s anti-gun politicians and the members of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex in your thoughts and prayers this week. They’re going through a particularly difficult time right now.