A young woman decided to take a walk with her father one early evening. It was just a little over two years ago. They were walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco … near Pier 14. I’ve been there and it is quite lovely.
Suddenly, a shot rang out and the young woman fell to the ground; a bullet had pierced her aorta. Her father quickly administered the lifesaving steps until paramedics arrived. Within a short time, the young woman was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. She died there two hours later.
This isn’t a commentary about guns. It is a commentary about justice.
Despite the passage of two years, the murderer of Kate Steinle continues to await trial. It is —justice delayed. It is —justice denied.
The law protects her murderer, but not Kate. In fact, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has all sorts of rights now that he’s been charged with Kate’s murder: the right to remain silent, the right to an appointed attorney, the right to a fair trial, protection from cruel or unusual treatment, and —while we’re at it, the right to disregard immigration laws, evade federal immigration officials, and the right to demand sanctuary from deportation proceedings inside the city of San Francisco, the right to free room and board for the rest of his life —all of this at the taxpayer’s expense, of course.
What does Kate Steinle get? San Francisco didn’t protect Kate from an illegal alien, that’s for certain. No, what Kate got was dead. Neither was Kate the only victim; her father now gets to live out his life in severe emotional torment, sadness, and painful memories of a walk that turned into a tragedy.
I realize that sometimes bad things happen to good people, but I am rather amazed by the number of people in the United States who are able to place political ideology ahead of common sense. My opinion is based on the following: San Francisco officials steadfastly refuse to hand illegal aliens over to federal authorities. House and Senate Democrats refuse to enforce compliance with federal laws. The smug-faced louts among us maintain that anyone standing for the safety of our citizens is in some way “anti-immigration.” Such claims are so illogical that they defy comprehension.
I’m not sure I understand these attitudes among so many Americans. I’m not asking for emotional attachment to the issue; I’m asking for common sense. Should there be a difference in the way the law behaves if Kate were suddenly your daughter? I think not; our laws must be designed to provide maximum protection to as many of our people as possible. There is never a guarantee, of course … but offering encouragement to law-breakers, which is what a blind eye to illegal trespass really is, only places all of us in greater danger.