House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the politician perhaps more associated with San Francisco than anyone else on the national stage, doesn’t believe sanctuary cities should be addressed in the wake of Kathryn Steinle’s murder. Instead, she thinks this would be a wonderful time to go back to the gun control well one more time.
“The fact that San Francisco is a sanctuary city – and there are many sanctuary cities across the country – that really has nothing to do with what happened in San Francisco,” Pelosi said on Thursday. “What we also have to look at is: how did this person come into possession of a gun in a state where his having a gun as a convicted felon would raise serious questions?”
Pelosi, obviously eager to get away from Steinle’s murder, drew the conversation back to the terrorist attack in Chattanooga. “Again a person got a gun online, and that gun online is another reason for us to have a serious background check.”
Pelosi’s argument will undoubtedly find traction on the left, even though it is riddled with nonsense. The gun used by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was, by all accounts, actually stolen. How a “serious background check” would have prevented him from stealing that gun is anyone’s guess. Pelosi might as well question how Lopez-Sanchez could have killed Steinle when murder is illegal in California. Somehow – over and over again – criminals keep committing crimes even though there are laws against them. Puzzling.
Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat grumbling about gun control this week. President Obama confirmed in a BBC interview that he has been “most frustrated and most stymied” by his inability to push new gun laws through Congress.
“If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100,” he said. “If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands.” He promised the interviewers that he was not done trying to pass gun control legislation.
Okay, so the problem isn’t illegal immigration, it’s guns.
The problem isn’t a city that won’t cooperate with federal authorities, it’s guns.
The problem isn’t terrorism, it’s guns.
It seems that the only time guns aren’t the problem is when racism is to blame. That’s the only thing that trumps the gun control argument. Racist cops and racist juries and racist prosecutors. But if none of those evils are in evidence, then the problem is with guns.
Politicians who want to stop mass murder should obviously be applauded. But until they realize that background checks, gun-free zones, and lawsuits against manufacturers will do nothing to stem the violence, they are whistling in the wind.