Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Walker of Multnomah County, OR, just improved his chances of being on the short list of Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominees by going into great detail about his personal feelings regarding the right to bear arms in the United States.
Judge Walker was sentencing Marcell Lee Daniel Jr., who killed an innocent man in a drive-by shooting in 2014. The ten year judge and 25 year defense attorney decided that was the proper place and time for him to go on a tirade against guns, not just those who are used by criminals such as the individual before him, but all guns.
He said, “If I could I would, take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean. Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”
Of course the simple-minded argument of the judge completely discounts the lives saved through the use of firearms for self defense, the deterrent factor and in the control of the criminal population. It’s a number which surely dwarfs his perceived benefits.
The man he was sentencing was a murderer. He fired 30 rounds in a drive-by shooting in which his victim, Andrew Coggins, 24, was merely standing on the roadside. The two men reportedly did not know each other and it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
The judge ignored the overall skyrocketing crime rates and terrorism vulnerabilities in Australia as he cited it as an example of the success of gun confiscation. He said, “Australia, after a major shooting rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country. I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns.”
“They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned. There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”
“That’s awful big of, Judge and there’s no arguing you’re not a genius. That poor defenseless criminal should be set free. He had no choice. That evil gun jumped into his hand and repeatedly fired itself. The car that drove itself to the scene of the shooting is at fault too, let’s dump all the cars into the ocean as well. That’ll fix the problem for sure.
Under his plan women and men alike would be at the mercy of the bigger predators, with the equalizer of firearms removed. But it worked great in Australia and happy criminals are an important goal of society. As a man of sixty-five, your “dishonor,” have you given any thought to how you would protect yourself when sentencing or trying violent criminals in your courtroom? Would you employ only the biggest Oregon lumberjack-style officers? Would that not discriminate against female officers who would then be forced to go back to “doing what they do best;” making coffee and copies? Have you given any thought to the drivel you’re discharging?
Marcell was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. Maybe the judge isn’t quite as stupid as his words would indicate he is.
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