Steinle Verdict: Another Reason We Need National Carry

Written by Greg Hopkins on December 6, 2017

Last week, a jury in “Insane Francisco” shocked the nation by acquitting illegal alien Garcia Zarate, a six-time deportee and seven-time convicted felon, of murder in the death of Katie Steinle. This tragedy exposes many injustices and loopholes to personal safety in our country, all of which suggest an immediate precautionary solution currently before Congress: pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

The first problem is: the government, local, state, or federal, has no legal duty to protect you! Every state supreme court and all federal courts agree that you cannot sue the police or fire department just because they didn’t protect you from criminals or your house burning down. The latest decision of the Supreme Court on this issue is City of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005).

It makes sense, after all, as public policy. If we could sue fire and police departments for failing to prevent loss or injury, they would soon be sued out of existence. My own state’s Supreme Court stated it this way, “Even in a riot situation, the police have no duty to protect any specific person, but only the public at large.” Garrett vs. City of Mobile, 481 So.2d 376 (Ala. 1985). The idea that the police protect us as individuals is a myth that Liberals want us to believe, but cannot do a thing about.

“When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.” Memorize that truth! Self-defense is the difference between you getting to tell the cops what happened, and them trying to guess what happened as they draw a chalk line around your body! Your safety and that of your loved ones is up to you. YOU are the first responder, be it fire, first aid, or self-defense.

The second problem stems from the good and proper rule of “innocent until proven guilty”. It means that we have a Rule of Evidence that states you CANNOT bring up a criminal’s prior crimes/convictions unless he, 1. takes the stand to testify, or 2. certain other very narrow exceptions to the Rule are met. Therefore, Steinle’s jury did not know about Zarate’s priors, and that’s how it should be. A person is tried for his present crime only; to bring up his past is too prejudicial.

Thirdly, California is a “May issue” state. That means that the Sheriffs have discretion to issue or deny carry permits at their whim. Cities located in Democrat counties like San Francisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles, issue permits only to the rich and politically connected, like anti-gunners Pelosi and Feinstein and celebrities. In the rural, Republican counties, Sheriffs issue them to any citizen with a clean criminal background. The Left-wing and legally-addled 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld this travesty of justice time and again.

Consequently, neither Katie Steinle nor her father (with her that day) were equipped to fight back. Because official Liberal policy disarmed them, neither they, nor any other citizen on the pier that day had a chance to defend themselves. That pier is a tourist attraction, as is the city of San Francisco. Every American must recognize that if you visit any major California city, you accept the risks of going unarmed. California does not recognize any other state’s carry permit. It has the most stringent “gun control” laws in the country. Even carrying pepper spray in CA requires a permit and completion of a 2-day class before you can carry it! It sure is a good thing none of Zarate’s victims were armed, somebody might’ve gotten hurt!

The fourth travesty is that a negligent officer from the Federal Bureau of Land Management left his dept. issued .40 caliber semi-auto pistol in his car for Zarate to steal (though Zarate claimed he “found” it). Zarate also claimed the gun went off “accidentally” 3 TIMES when he shot Steinle! Did the Officer leave his gun in the car because of San Francisco’s restrictive carry laws (which can often affect even most federal cops)? We don’t know, but it was completely negligent and unprofessional to leave an unsecured gun there.

Travesty five is the illegal phenomenon of “sanctuary cities”. Article 1, Sec. 8, Subsection 4 of the Constitution gives Congress the sole power over immigration law. Yet, with the encouragement of Liberals in Congress, (Dem and Repub) the states have been allowed to subvert our national security while the Feds ignored these usurpations of law. California is the chief aider and abettor of illegal immigration in the country. They have welcomed, fed, housed, employed, educated, and healed illegals to the bankruptcy of the state and the detriment of Americans nationwide. In addition, they have illegally allowed them to vote, get drivers’ licenses, and even hidden illegal alien criminals like Zarate from immigration authorities. Zarate returned to San Francisco because it welcomes scum like him, without the slightest concern for its disarmed, honest taxpayers.

Finally, we have the Rice-a-Roni-for-Brains jury that gave Zarate his San Francisco treat. Their verdict flies in the face of the law and the facts. When a jury does this, it is called jury nullification. It is a perfectly legal American tradition of protesting laws with which we disagree. Jury nullification in the Zenger case in New York in the 1730’s eventually gave us Freedom of the Press.

In the Steinle case, however, it merely represents political correctness run amok. We have twelve Insane Franciscans who believe that criminal illegals ought to be able to literally commit murder and get away with it. They could have found Zarate guilty of manslaughter, a lesser-included offense of murder, based on Zarate’s defense, but they declined.

Being a resident of CA is like being an ingredient in Grape Nuts; if you’re not a fruit or a nut, you’re a flake! Imagine twelve people of at least 400 years’ collective life experience coming to the conclusion that “social justice” requires that murderous illegal aliens be allowed to commit the ultimate crime against innocent citizens and virtually walk away! (They did convict Zarate of illegal firearm possession.)

How does an entire society become so perverted? “Where there is no vision (revelation from God), the people are unrestrained. But happy is he who keeps the law.” Prov. 29:18. The people of CA have rejected God’s Word, and now they reap the bitter fruit of doing so.

“Behold the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land. Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. And the people will stagger from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east they will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.”

Amos 8:11-12.

We have become so smart that we’ve outsmarted ourselves because we’ve refused to listen to God. We sow godlessness, and we reap runaway juries with insane morals who give undeserved mercy to criminals and spit on innocent victims.

So what can we do? HR 38 should have been voted on this past Monday. It merely enforces the “Full Faith and Credit” clause of the Constitution (Art. IV Sec. 1), which says that all states MUST recognize the legal and judicial acts of other states (contracts, marriages, drivers’ licenses, etc.), regarding carry permits. Passage of HR 58 would mean that that the People’s Republics of California, New Jersey, or Illinois MUST recognize your own state’s carry permit just as they must recognize you driver’s license! By passing HR 38, sane people who are willing and able to protect their families can travel to and through insane states and still keep themselves and their loved ones safe. If HR 38 did not pass, call your Congressman/Woman and tell them they MUST work to get it back on the agenda and vote for national carry reciprocity! A bill like HR 38 is the only way that we can travel safely in this country, not only from criminals but from disarming and prosecution by totalitarian states.

The other thing that can be done is to check your state laws. Urge your state representatives and senators to make sure that your state fully recognizes the carry permits issued by all other states, regardless of those states prerequisites for licensing. “To show partiality in judgment is not good. He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous.’ Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him. But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.” Prov. 24:23-24.

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Greg Hopkins
Greg Hopkins is a recovering lawyer, city prosecutor, police Use-of-Force law instructor, former city judge in two towns and criminal defense lawyer. He’s been teaching the Bible to teens and adults for 40 years. He now trains CCP holders and armed church security teams in self defense law. He also does expert witnessing in firearms and self defense cases. His book is A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, on the Bible and Self Defense.