Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, together with Democratic state lawmakers and “criminal justice reform” advocates, held a press conference and demanded $3 billion “for immediate and substantial investments in crime prevention and healing services for crime victims.” Their demand follows the weekend shooting in Sacramento which left 6 dead and 12 injured.
Interestingly, the media and Democrats continue to call the shooting event a “mass shooting,” yet law enforcement say this was a gang shooting. Monday, former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinnis said on his KFBK radio talk show that it was evident this was a gang-involved shooting. The Globe learned that Sacramento police activated gang teams to investigate the shootings. And on Wednesday, Sacramento Police said the shooting “was a gunfight involving at least five shooters from rival gangs.”
“Mass shooting” justifies Democrats lawmakers’ ongoing call for more and stricter gun control, despite that California already has the strictest gun control laws in the country. Notably, since the weapons used in the shootings were illegal, more gun control imposed on law abiding citizens would not have prevented the shootings.
However, at the press conference, Mayor Steinberg acknowledged that the shootings were gang related.
Steinberg said the City of Sacramento has invested nearly $3 million dollars in direct gang prevention initiatives in recent years.
With Steinberg at Wednesday’s press event were gun control and and defund-the-police advocates:
- Californians for Safety and Justice works to replace prison and justice system waste, and is supported by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
- Smart Justice California is a left-of-center criminal justice advocacy group. It is a project of Tides Advocacy, with a $52 million budget.
- ACLU California Action is a left-leaning activist organization and state-level arm of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Advocates used the opportunity to call for more state funding for crime prevention, cash assistance to victims and survivors of violent crime, and “interventions around gun violence.” However, the advocates for interventions around gun violence offered no specific solutions – just funding.
It appeared that this was an opportunistic shakedown to direct funding to the numerous “criminal justice reform” advocate groups.
“Money matters – it’s what’s needed to fund mental health,” Steinberg said. “The money needs to be matched to change the law… a legal right to housing and legal right to health treatment.” He said without it, “we are still going to have broken systems. I, for one, am tired of it. I was tired of it long before the trauma in my community.”
Steinberg also called for “24/7 wrap-around care for anyone leaving that jail,” pointing to the Sacramento County Jail.
Steinberg created the Steinberg Institute in 2015 while still a State Senator, just prior to leaving the California Senate, to help the mentally-ill: “Since its inception in January 2015, the institute has helped enact sweeping improvements in California mental health policy, including securing $2 billion to provide housing and care for homeless people living with brain illness,” the website says. Have they spent $2 billion helping the mentally-ill, creating housing and funding crime prevention?
Carlos Marquez with the ACLU California Action said the “root causes of crime” will take “political will and funding.” He asked for $200 million for “mental health diversion.”
Phil Melendez with Smart Justice California said the problem is a focus on crime and blame instead of treatment. “We need to invest in communities and prevention. We’ve been incarcerating our way to public safety.”
These appear to be statements pushing toward more gun control. But as Breitbart reported:
- California already bans ghost guns.
- California has required background checks for all gun sales since the 1990s.
- California has banned “assault weapons” since the 1990s.
- California bans “high capacity” magazines.
- Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is pushing to allow private citizens to sue gun makers.
“Additionally, California has a red flag law, gun registration requirements, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a ‘good cause’ requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on campus carry for self-defense, a ban on teachers carrying on K-12 campuses for classroom defense, and a limit on the number of guns law-abiding citizens can buy each month.”
Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher is taking a different tact:
“Wake Up Call: Pro-criminal policies supported by the Governor and Capitol Democrats must be reversed,” he Tweeted Thursday morning. “@AsmRepublicans are calling on them to act now and stop the violence.”
Assembly Republicans are calling on the Governor and the Legislature to reverse course to curb violent crime:
- End the Early Release of Violent Felons
- Restore Stiff Penalties for Gun & Gang Crimes
- Disarm & Penalize Felons with Guns
The Ca Crime Crisis Wake Up Call. Today, we’re calling on the Governor and the Legislature to reverse course to curb violent crime:
✔️End the Early Release of Violent Felons
✔️Restore Stiff Penalties for Gun & Gang Crimes
✔️Disarm & Penalize Felons with Guns pic.twitter.com/sz5igeBfSd
— James Gallagher (@J_GallagherAD3) April 7, 2022
One of the alleged shooters was released from prison six years early by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, even though the man has a long and violent criminal record, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert strongly opposed the man’s early release: “If he is released early, he will continue to break the law,” DA Schubert wrote to the Parole Board.
Three suspects have been arrested in the shootings. Police say they are looking at two additional suspects.