by Bryan Preston, PJ Media:
If Democrats really care so much about gun violence, they should stop abetting it by letting criminals out of jail.
A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed in Chicago Sunday while spending time with her father. Police believe it was a gang-related shooting. You can bet the police know the perps, who have very likely participated in the Democrats’ new revolving-door criminal justice system. Mayor Bill de Blasio instituted one of those in New York City. His act abetted much more crime in the city.
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Gangs are abetted by lax law enforcement policies dictated by Democrat city councils, and by chaos on the southern border, which is abetted by the Biden administration’s disastrous handling of the border. It has helped the cartels solidify control in Mexico and spread their tentacles through the border states into the rest of the country.
Austin, Texas was shaken by a triple homicide Sunday.
Some on the Austin city council opportunistically used Sunday’s shooting for politics.
I’m heartbroken for the victims of the NW ATX shooting & their families. We await more details, but common sense gun violence prevention is possible & it is necessary. Prayers are not enough. We need state/federal leaders to treat gun violence like the public health crisis it is. pic.twitter.com/BqdbN96UqM
— Council Member Alison Alter (@ALTERforATX) April 18, 2021
Alter voted to defund Austin police in August 2020. What did she expect to happen after that? Did she think violent criminals would just pound their knives and guns into plowshares?
Since that vote, violent crime has skyrocketed in the city. Before Sunday’s shootings, there had already been 23 homicides in Austin in 2021. Four Austin police officers had been shot on duty.
2020 saw the most homicides in Austin in decades, with at least 44. 2021 is on pace to top that by some distance. After Sunday, the total is 26, far less than halfway through the year. The current pace suggests Austin will see around 60 homicides in 2021.
Sunday’s shooting was a domestic issue that turned tragically deadly. It appeared to be a domestic issue early on. But as you can see above, the shell casings had barely hit the ground when Council Member Alison Alter opportunistically went after “gun violence” as a “public health crisis.”
Broderick had been accused of raping his daughter, but was not in jail. Why? He had spent all of 16 days in jail. Why?
Stephen Broderick, a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective who had been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl last summer, was taken into custody Monday morning in the city of Manor after two callers reported seeing a suspicious person walking along the side of U.S. 290, FOX7 Austin reports.
The alleged killer knew the victims.
APD’s investigation at the scene revealed that Amanda Broderick and Stephen Broderick were meeting for a scheduled visit with their son when the collision occurred. The APD said Stephen then fired shots, killing all three victims, before fleeing the scene. The APD said that the couple’s son was unharmed and later found away from the scene.
Chacon confirmed in a 4:45 p.m. press conference on April 18 that Broderick was a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office deputy. TCSO confirmed to KVUE that Broderick resigned in 2020.
Records show that Broderick has a pending felony charge for sexual assault of a child.
After that charge, Broderick was required to wear an ankle monitor and to stay at least 200 feet from the child. He was also ordered to surrender all of his firearms. After 147 days of compliance, a judge reportedly allowed him to stop wearing the monitor. He was free. His wife and child specifically told the judge he would be a threat.
Broderick’s wife applied for a protective order after his arrest, saying she was worried for her and her children’s safety.