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Sacramento Massacre: Blame Revolving-Door Prisons, Not Guns

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Depicted: Sacramento Mayor’s ideal prison system, c. 2013, colorized

On April 3, two men killed six people in a late-night downtown shootout.

Naturally, the very first thing that the anti-gunners did was put on their dancin’ shoes and do a quick Charleston in the still-drying blood of the victims. Naturally, Biden blamed “ghost guns.” Naturally, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg blamed the “proliferation of assault weapons.” And, naturally, it quickly emerged that one of the perps was supposed to have been in prison for six more years and had been released over the objections of Sacramento’s DA office.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said revelations that one of two suspects being held in connection with the deadly mass shooting in Sacramento was released from prison less than two months ago shows the problem in California isn’t guns, it’s prison system rules that allowed the man to be on the streets.

Did you know that it’s really hard to do a mass shooting from a prison cell? Truth!

“Smiley Allen Martin has a criminal history dating back at least nine years,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “and he was doing a ten-year stretch for domestic violence and assault, yet thanks to the current credits system by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, here he was in Sacramento at 2 a.m. in the middle of mayhem. He’s now facing new charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a machine gun.

“Instead of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and others calling for more gun control,” he added, “they should be demanding prison reform that keeps violent criminals behind bars instead of allowing early release. Politicians who support such policies are perpetuating a system that ultimately poses more of a real danger to society than their imagined fears about private gun ownership.”

Who possibly could have foreseen that Martin was a bad candidate for early release? (Everybody, that’s who.)

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Martin has been in trouble with the law since 2013, when he was prosecuted for possession of a semiautomatic rifle and outlawed magazines, and then sentenced to “probation and county jail.” Less than a year later, he was arrested on robbery charges and sentenced to two years in prison. In 2016, after being paroled, he was back in trouble again, and the following year, he was arrested for the domestic violence and assault, and sent back to prison in January 2018 with the 10-year sentence. Yet he was released in February of this year, despite an objection last year by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office.

“Violent criminals shouldn’t be back on the streets essentially unsupervised,” Gottlieb said, “especially when their earlier crimes included illegal gun possession. This is why the American people don’t support more gun control, and instead are buying guns for personal protection. They are realizing that when you trade your freedom for some sense of security, you ultimately wind up with neither.”

Here’s what the Sacramento District Attorney’s office said about Martin’s early release …

“In January of 2013, just six months after his eighteenth birthday, Inmate Martin was contacted by law enforcement officers,” the letter states. “Inmate Martin attempted to discard an assault rifle which he had concealed in his waistband under his clothing. “The rifle had a pistol grip and the capacity to accept a detachable magazine in front of the pistol grip. Inmate Martin was also found to be in possession of two fully loaded twenty-five round magazines for the assault weapon. Inmate Martin admitted to transporting the assault weapon and large capacity magazines to potential buyers. Inmate Martin was sentenced to probation and county jail.”

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How many federal firearms felonies can you count in that previous paragraph? That incident nine years ago includes three by my count … each one of them good for five years in federal prison. Martin may have been barely an adult at that time, but he was already racking up a rad rap sheet with the best of ’em, including engaging in the kind of illegal gun running that puts those firearms in the hands of prohibited persons. Instead, he was released over and over again to head back to the streets to offend.

 

 

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. dustydog

    April 16, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, it gets WORSE!

    “One of the Sacramento mass shooting suspects (Smiley Martin) was paid more than $7,000 by the county in a settlement just weeks before the shooting.

    He claimed in a lawsuit in 2018 that a jail guard at the Sacramento County jail was responsible for rival gang members attacking him, CBS Sacramento reported.”
    (“Sacramento mass shooting suspect paid thousands by county weeks before shooting: Report”, by Emma Colton, Fox News, 4/13/21)

  2. Michelle

    April 12, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Good

  3. Statesman Patriot

    April 11, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    By vilifying guns instead of the people who offend, Dems are a directing their own. A Washington Examiner survey of prisons resulted in 73% of felons ide tidying as Democrat.
    Therefore, we can eliminate 73% of violently crimes by getting rid of ALL Democrats!

  4. me

    April 11, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    It’s time to get the dumocrats out of the government. The early release is one of their many screwups. I wonder why the people in those states keep voting them back in and live with the misery they make. Seem they’d learn.

    • Dallen Veazey

      April 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      Wishfull thinking. These libtards will never stop blaming you and me. Today the clown in charge is banning “Ghost Guns” how many of these have been found at crime sites? None!

    • Gary Miller

      May 4, 2022 at 11:58 am

      I think all dims should be early-released from office.

  5. Jim

    April 11, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    It’s always the same response, because the people killed are not important to these politicians. One day when it personally effects them, and the perpetrators are on the streets as a direct result of their actions, will anything change. No one should die because of these revolving door policies, but until it’s someone of importance, nothing will change.

    • Chris Robinette

      April 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      Amen!

    • Concerned Citizen

      April 11, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      On the contrary – the people who are most affected by these policies fall for the age-old tactic of blaming a third party for the cause.

      You see, it’s not the fact that the Progressive Left keeps making and breaking the same promises over and over in order to perpetually guarantee votes from their target population. It’s that they blame it on conservatives, on “systemic racism,” on the wealthy, and on white privilege as the causes for why people of color, the poor, etc are forced into a life of crime. They push the false narrative that the criminals are the victims, that they have no choice, and that because of their race they are handicapped and thus require the help, support, and sponsorship by white liberals from the coast to create the conditions under which these “oppressed peoples” can transcend the “racist” system into which they’ve had the misfortune to be born.

      But nothing ever seems to change for them. Democratic-run cities remain the most crime-ridden in the country. And the Left keeps promising that the Government Omelette is still cooking…just a few more eggs to break.

      Sadly, all that’s ever left for these people are their own broken eggs.

  6. Stephen

    April 11, 2022 at 11:56 am

    …Shall Not Be Infringed.

    What about the rest of us out here that follow the laws and jump through all the damn hoops? What about us? We are the ones that get the punishment! NOT THE CRIMINALS! Why are the criminals getting slapped on the wrist and set free to commit bigger crimes? LAZY POLITICIANS WITH NO STONES, THAT’S WHY! We the citizens that own weapons and are responsible with them are about damn sick and tired of bearing the punishment for a group that gets coddled and let off the hook time and time again! START FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION AND GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR BACKSIDES FOR A CHANGE!

    • Chris Robinette

      April 11, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      Keep your hands off my constitutional rights.

    • DAVID TAKEHARA

      April 21, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      AGREE!

  7. Disgusted American

    April 11, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Just when are these IDIOTS going to wake up and realize that a gun, just like a car or a kitchen knife or a baseball bat, is an inanimate object that can not operate on its own, it must be operated by a human and we all know how frail and unbalanced humans can be. When this is realized and the proper action to keep UNSABLE people from buying, stealing, or any other method of getting their hands on a gun or knife or anything that can be used to commit violent crime will we be some what safe. Until them the IDIOTS who let these types of people roam the streets and communities are ACTUALLY the responsible ones for this type of crime. THINK ABOUT IT!

    • GomeznSA

      April 11, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Dis – I suspect that most of them realize full well that guns are indeed inanimate objects but guns are just so icky and evil it is easy to demonize them, not the truly evil people who use them to commit crimes. After all, the antis have been doing everything they can to eliminate personal responsibility and accountability for criminal actions for decades.
      BTW – just saw on the local mid day news that slow joe is proposing even MORE “gun control” laws on the federal level. Never mind that everything he wants is ALREADY in place in kalypornia.

    • LeAnne Anderson

      April 11, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Disgusted American—-when are these idiots going to wake up and realize that a gun???? the answer is NEVER..they dont care about lives or guns or criminals, their main objective is to disarm the population so they can do anything then they desire to us, for without weapons we are just peasants waiting to obey our masters…its never been about guns, its always been about CONTROL !!! Wake up law biding people, they want your guns and they want YOU gone!!!

    • Chris Robinette

      April 11, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      Yes, I placed 1911 pistol on a table in the middle of a room filled with people and gave the pistol orders to shoot everyone in the room. After leaving the room for 30 minutes I returned to find the room full of people ALIVE AND UNSHOT. Is that a mechanical deficit of manufacturing or just inanimate objects CANNOT harm anyone without human involvement.

      • dustydog

        April 16, 2022 at 9:11 pm

        You should sue the manufacturer : )

  8. John W Kauffman

    April 11, 2022 at 11:11 am

    That is exactly the problem, across the USA, with politicians and lawmakers now days. They keep blaming the gun and wanting to add more gun laws to stop these crimes, yet ignore the fact that the criminal is the problem, not the gun.
    The gun is just another tool, out of many that criminals use in their crimes.
    Politicians keep criminals on the streets instead in prisons, where they can not keep repeating their criminals acts. They actually aid them in crime sprees and murders, by not enforcing the present laws, to the fullest measure and in the cases of these criminals murdering a human, giving the criminal a swift capital punishment and rid society of them, instead of caring for them for a shot time in prison and then turning them back out too prey on society again and again.

    • dustydog

      April 16, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      And, sorry to say, if someone is so “mentally defective” that they can’t understand that murdering someone is wrong, they should be the FIRST in line for firing squad! I’m sick of hearing “he has mental issues, so he’s not responsible!”

      Anyone that is THAT far “gone” is and will be NOTHING BUT a stain on society, and you CERTAINLY don’t want them in the gene-pool! And don’t tell me they need to be “medicated”, since that only makes it WORSE! REALLY? We need to keep him drugged-up, otherwise he will kill again? TO THE GALLOWS!

  9. Dennis Sumner

    April 11, 2022 at 11:11 am

    No, they’ll continue to blame anyone and anything other than themselves!!

  10. 44magman

    April 11, 2022 at 11:04 am

    As a retired police officer and Chief of Police in California. We had to live with this crap for years. This has been a democrat communist state for years.

  11. 11B10

    April 11, 2022 at 10:51 am

    FCKbidenandhispissantadmin!!

    • fb111

      April 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      I refuse to call that ocean of incompetence in DC an administration! The only thing that regime administers is their paychecks, NOT the Law!

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