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San Francisco’s newly elected District Attorney is vowing not to enforce several laws on the books in the city, including prostitution, public urination, camping in public, and several other “quality of life” crimes. Chesa Boudin, whose parents were domestic terrorists involved in the Weather Underground, and who was raised by fugitive members Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, is now bringing his radical ideas to the prosecutor’s office in San Francisco, but he may very well end up giving political ammunition to Second Amendment activists around the country.
One of the biggest objections to the idea of Second Amendment Sanctuary cities or counties is that “you can’t just ignore the law.” Sure, you can, as Boudin is set to demonstrate. Over at HotAir, my friend Jazz Shaw takes a dim view of Boudin’s decision not to prosecute some crimes, arguing that there are better ways to deal with bad laws.
If you think that certain crimes should no longer be classified as such or perhaps carry more minor penalties, then fine. Work with your local legislators and have the laws changed. But the job of a District Attorney is to enforce the laws as they exist, not as he or she might wish they existed. When you become the District Attorney, you take an oath to uphold the law. San Francisco has just elected a person who ran on a promise to violate his oath before he even got into office.