An important lesson about guns

Sanctuary city policies kill — again

And still, Nevada Democrats want to make us a sanctuary state.

January 23, 2020

ITEM #1: The evidence continues to accumulate — in the most tragic, heartbreaking way imaginable — that sanctuary policies are a direct threat to the safety of our citizens.

The latest painful example comes from New York City. Despite a request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold an illegal immigrant in New York last November, Reeaz Khan was released under the city’s “sanctuary city” policy.

He’s now accused of raping and murdering a 92-year-old woman, Maria Fuertes.  

As the Washington Examiner reports, ICE has placed the blame squarely on the sanctuary policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio:

"Make no mistake — it is this city's sanctuary policies that are the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman's life,’ acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said.

The more one learns about this case, the more outrageous it is to discover how avoidable it was. More from the Examiner story:

ICE says they requested a detainer for Khan six weeks earlier after he was arrested following a fight at his father’s home. The agency claims New York City officials ignored the request in accordance with the city’s ‘sanctuary city’ policies.

It’s simply unconscionable that elected officials, anywhere, would subjugate the safety of their citizens to the radical, reckless agenda being pushed by the hard left on this front. Yet it’s happening in places all across the country. 

And of course, we can’t remind people often enough that Democrats tried to make Nevada a sanctuary state during the last legislative session. And will no doubt try to do so once again next year.

Remember in November.

ITEM #2: While we’re on the subject of dangerously insane policy ideas, let’s turn our attention to America’s No. 1 hot-bed for that sort of thing: San Francisco.

As we’ve noted before, the city has a new district attorney, one with a rather unconventional approach to law enforcement. Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Kimberly Guilfoyle offers an ominous take on what this new agenda will likely mean for city residents:

Within 48 hours of being sworn in on Jan. 8, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin fired seven veteran attorneys, including several who were responsible for managing critical criminal units such as homicide, gang, and general felony."

As a former San Francisco assistant district attorney, I know this isn’t just a typical case of administrative shake-up. Rather, it is a dangerous and disruptive move that does a grave disservice to victims and the community.

As Guilfoyle explains, “On top of quickly dismantling the violent crime division of his office, Boudin seeks to end the prosecution of what he deems ‘quality of life crimes,’ including public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, and blocking a sidewalk.”

And we must say it again — it’s all coming to a local community near you, if Nevada’s left-wing Democrats, so determined to import the California model to the Silver State, continue to have their way.

ITEM #3: News broke last November that the Clark County Education Association planned to push a couple of ballot initiatives that would “ask voters to approve a tax increase to provide at least $1 billion more annually for public education in Nevada.”

Well, the details of the proposal are finally out. And it’s about what you’d expect from a union with an insatiable appetite for spending, and none whatsoever for accountability. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s blistering editorial is a must-read, but here’s the editors’ key takeaway:

“The combined effect of these tax hikes would be to separate taxpayers from their money to the tune of $1.4 billion each year. To put that in perspective, the state’s entire general fund revenue stream didn’t hit $1.4 billion until the late 1990s. Let’s also not forget that this comes less than five years after lawmakers imposed the largest tax hike in state history to boost public school funding.”

Coming to Nevada soon: the year-of-the-tax.

ITEM #4: Poor Hillary Clinton. Hard to imagine a more bitter woman in America.  

And now she’s training her fire on Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a new documentary airing on Hulu:

“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.

“He said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me.”

Actually, this might BOOST Sanders’ support among many Democrat voters who wish Clinton would just go away.

ITEM #5: U.S. District Court Judge Peter Messitte ruled last week against President Trump’s executive order giving state and local officials the ability to decide whether or not to accept refugee resettlements in their communities.  

The White House slammed the decision, noting that, “Another lawless district court has asserted its own preferred immigration policy in place of the laws of the United States.”

Judge Messitte is a “Clinton judge.” Go figure.


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