Legislators in the Golden State are in the process of making California much safer……….for criminals. They are doing this in two ways, by reducing felonies to misdemeanors and disarming law-abiding citizens so they can protect themselves. Their sanctuary laws make the state even safer……….but only for criminal illegal aliens. California is living proof that social policy does not make for safe streets. Two propositions illustrate accurately where Democratic priorities lie.
Proposition 47, unbelievably titled by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, reduced a host of felonies to misdemeanors, including drug crimes, date rape, and all thefts under $950, even for repeat offenders who steal every day. It did not create safe neighborhoods.
Proposition 57, also outrageously titled by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, The California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, was billed to the public as criminal justice reform, allowing early release for “non-violent offenders,” but the initiative not only failed to define who qualified as a “non-violent offender,” numerous heinous crimes qualified as “non-violent” under Prop. 57.
The California Legislature and Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom have passed a myriad of laws demonstrating clear disdain for law enforcement, and preference for the criminals, undermining police and sheriff’s officers. Here are just a few:
- “Stephon Clark’s Law,” to regulate police use of deadly force, was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, explicitly limiting the instances when police officers can use deadly force;
- Gov. Newsom just signed a law to allow citizens to refuse to help a police officer who needs assistance legally;
- schools are reducing school resource officers, who are career law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.
- Proposition 36, which revised the state’s original 1994 “Three Strikes” law which carried a mandatory “25-years to life” sentence for anyone convicted of a third felony. Prop 36 authorized re-sentencing for offenders serving life sentences if their third strike conviction was not serious or violent and if the judge determines that the re-sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety.
- “Pre-crime” legislation to prohibit people likely to commit a crime from owning a gun, was introduced earlier this year. SB 55 by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would create a new class of non-violent misdemeanors that would result in a 10-year prohibition on firearms possession. The key theory is that firearm injury and death will be reduced if guns are kept out of the hands of people who, based on their condition or past behavior, are determined to be at risk of future acts of violence. Her bill was passed by the Senate but stalled in the Assembly. She withdrew the bill until she could get more support.
- The San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors just passed a Resolution declaring the National Rifle Association “a domestic terrorist organization.”
- Sen. Nancy Skinner’s Senate Bill 394 would allow criminals to be “diverted” – no guilty plea, no conviction, no deportation, no gun confiscation, etc. – if that person is a parent and attests they provide a “significant portion” of the care and housing of a minor. The criminals don’t even have to be the primary caregiver of the minor, but only reside at home some of the time and pitch in on household expenses. Even if the person is arrested for crimes against children like human trafficking or child abuse, they may still be eligible under this bill. The only requirement for the criminal to complete a term of supervision, and a few classes on subjects like financial literacy, anger management, and proper parenting while receiving housing assistance and job training.
- Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6, will allow paroled felons in the state to vote, if signed by Governor Newsom.