So goes the mantra of the Left after a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle. After all, that’s the only possible way he wasn’t culpable. “The gun did it!”
Let’s see, this pistol was stolen from a Bureau of Land Management officer. And we know that police carry guns so they can kill people. Those people probably need killing, but that’s not important. Somehow the gun has acquired a will of its own so that when it is picked up, it will fire unpredictably. And if for some reason the gun doesn’t have enough brain power to shoot by itself, its mere presence totally consumes the person who holds it in a way that overcomes all reasoning, leading to random violence.
No rational person would ever believe that, because the weapon in question, a SIG Sauer P239 is an assembly of precision machined parts held in their proper positions by carefully engineered interlocking rails, pins, springs, and screws. Since its introduction twenty-one years ago there have been zero confirmed incidents of truly accidental discharge. Defense counsel tried to claim twenty-nine cases in a similar SIG pistol, but those were all negligent discharges, just like the Steinle incident. And Garcia Zarate initially admitted that he had deliberately fired the gun.
The P239 has four – count ’em – four separate systems that prevent the gun from firing accidentally. Three are directly involved in this case. The Millennials on the jury could have looked up the gun on YouTube and discovered these safety systems, but the judge instructed them that they were forbidden to do any research on their own. So these San Francisco residents, who almost certainly had never handled a gun, were left to decide who they believed, the police expert, or the illegal alien who fired the gun.
Just who have they been indoctrinated to believe? Does anyone remember OJ Simpson? The case against him was very solid, yet a Los Angeles jury acquitted him because they didn’t trust the police department. It seems that in the Peoples’ Republic of California, the police are guilty until proven innocent.
Those Millennials have also been taught by State Sen. Kevin de Leon that it’s possible for an “assault rifle” (an AR-15) “with a .30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.” One of their Lefty authorities has said it, therefore it’s true. But… with an AR-15 a good shooter is only able to fire about two rounds per second, not sixty. So it’s not surprising that the jury would not have the slightest clue of what’s real and what’s not.
So when SF Police Examiner Gerald Andrew Smith testified that the firing pin block is a system that absolutely prevents the gun from firing unless the trigger is pulled, the jury yawned. “Get my X-Box and Mass Effect! I’ll show you what real violence means!” And yes, “a 3-ounce push on the controller is enough to get the gun to fire on the screen.” “Smith, you have no idea what you are saying.”
Of course, the jury remained silent, but they knew what was true. This five-time deported illegal alien was actually a virtuous “undocumented immigrant” who should be believed. After all, he had merely come because he wanted a better life. According to the Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones, he was one of many who made the community safer by their presence. The fact that he killed someone could not possibly be allowed to disturb this truth. The fact that he had admitted to deliberately firing the gun in a crowded area didn’t matter.
That evil SIG Sauer pistol also had a “hammer intercept notch” that once again, absolutely prevented the gun from firing if it was dropped. And finally, it didn’t take a 3-ounce push to fire like that game controller, it took a minimum of four and a half pounds of pull on the trigger. This heavy trigger pull was designed to ensure that no one will unintentionally fire the gun.
Let’s put this together. The Steinle jury was largely made up of people who had zero real-world knowledge or experience with guns. They believed the Lefty lie that physical metal objects can somehow be evil. Then they coupled this with indoctrination that anyone who is part of the law-and-order establishment must be distrusted.
Physical facts were irrelevant. They “understood” what was “really going on.” Garcia Zarate was a victim, not a perpetrator. The fact that Steinle died was simply unfortunate, but there was no way they could hold Garcia Zarate responsible. Their bubble was impenetrable.
Facts don’t matter. Feelings do. It was utterly impossible for that pistol to fire accidentally. That’s a physical fact. The firing pin block would absolutely prevent the firing pin from reaching the cartridge. The hammer intercept notch prevents the hammer from reaching the firing pin. And the only thing that will change that is a heavy pull on the trigger. Garcia Zarate pulled that trigger. There is no other possible conclusion. Yet the jury could not find their way clear to see this simple truth.
Yes, the shot ricocheted off the concrete. That tells us that Garcia Zarate did not aim at Steinle. But the fact that he pulled the trigger in a crowded area makes his crime at least negligent homicide. His acquittal on that count tells us all we need to know about Millennials in deep blue areas. As a group, they are, as Rush Limbaugh notes, “low information voters.” They’ve “drunk the Kool-Aid,” and have placed themselves into a situation where reality itself is the only force that can change their views.
It’s often been said that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. Until San Francisco and other deep-blue areas are forced to live with the overwhelming consequences of their malfeasance, this sort of outrage will happen again and again. But the residents of those areas don’t understand that it is an outrage. They see it as justice. God help us all.