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After Texas shooting: A call to 'advance our resolve' from California state officials

Original post made on May 26, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top Democrats vowed to "expedite" the gun control bills currently moving through the Legislature.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 26, 2022, 10:33 AM

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Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 26, 2022 at 10:52 am

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Instead of politicking and looking for votes by seeming to be tough on guns maybe they could do something useful and push for the existing gun laws to be enforced. For years the California legislature has been weakening penalties for crimes, even Californians voted to weaken the penalties and guess where it got us... Felony gun crimes are bargained down to misdemeanors, People are not being punished for breaking laws like shoplifting, breaking into cars, stealing packages and the list goes on. When someone is caught the chances of them spending any time in jail or prison are small. The quality of life in California, and the Bay Area, is going down. I read almost daily people posting about someone stealing a package from their front door, or breaking into a house or car. Would anyone take their car and park it in any tourist area of San Francisco? How many roving banks of criminals have executed mass robberies of stores like Apple, Victoria Secret, Coach and the list goes on. Yes we don't need politicians like Newsom mugging for the cameras and trying to look tough on crime, we need them to actually do something like stop plea bargaining gun crimes, toughen up sentencing and go after the quality of life crimes that are affecting us on a daily basis.

Is anyone else tired of this playbook by politicians? Stop passing laws that won't stop criminals and use the ones we already have to put them behind bars.


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 26, 2022 at 2:15 pm

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Enough:

100% agree.


Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 26, 2022 at 9:18 pm

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Menlo Voter,

I wish our politicians and DA's would agree. They could start tomorrow by saying that they will no longer plea bargain any crimes involving guns and furthermore they will seek the maximum penalties for any repeat crimes with a gun or violent crimes where a gun was used. They don't need to wait for more legislation.


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 27, 2022 at 7:42 am

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Enough:

I know. I've been saying that for many years, ever since my time in law enforcement. The DA's have been bargaining away gun charges and enhancements forever.


Posted by Ellen
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 28, 2022 at 7:39 pm

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Is there a way to track which DAs are bargaining away gun charges? This could be useful information come election time.


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 28, 2022 at 8:25 pm

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Ellen:

All of them.


Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 28, 2022 at 9:20 pm

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Unfortunately I think Menlo Voter is correct, they all want to take the "easy" way out and make a deal, but that sends the wrong message on gun crimes and makes everyone less safe. Salt Lake County DA has stated "plea deals will no longer be offered to defendants accused of gun-related crimes in Salt Lake County". That was in October of 2021. It would be interesting to review their data after a year and see what happened to the cases and the crime rate...

We should push our DA's to make the same promise


Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 29, 2022 at 12:38 pm

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Besides having mandatory sentencing, and ENFORCEMENT of current laws, the CA DOJ has a backlog of over 40,000 weapons that need to be confiscated from Felons and people with Restraining Orders against them. Everyone needs to do their jobs to reduce having guns in the hands of violent criminals.


Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 4, 2022 at 9:55 pm

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Web Link

TLDR: convicted felon uses a gun to rob people in a park, pistol whips one of them. Police catch him with the stolen property and the gun. He gets a deal for 3 years in prison, but with time served and good behavior he has already completed his sentence at the time of sentencing and is now on probation. The convicted felon that used a gun to commit a violent crime is back on the streets. I am willing to bet he has a gun within days and will commit more gun crimes. Does this make the community a safer place? Why pass more gun laws when the ones we already have don't matter...


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