San Francisco DA's Backwards Approach To Fighting Crime

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is one of those far-Left prosecutors elected over the past couple of years who’s determined to reduce “mass incarceration” by cutting back on the number of prosecutions. While I’d be fine with Boudin deciding that California’s gun control laws are putting too many non-violent offenders behind bars, the DA actually seems to be okay with imposing more restrictions on responsible gun owners, as evidenced by this tweet from last July.

Boudin’s okay with “decreasing access to guns,” even for those who want to legally exercise their right to keep and bear arms. However, Boudin’s also apparently fine with letting violent felons found in possession of a firearm off the hook, and as a result, police are now searching for 32-year old Robert Newt, a convicted felon who stands accused of committing two murders this past weekend in the city Protero Hills neighborhood. As it turns out, police had taken Newt into custody just a few weeks ago in connection with a shooting that took place last month, but Boudin’s office quickly let him loose.

Investigators issued a crime bulletin to all San Francisco police officers, which included a photo of the suspect vehicle, police said. On April 21, officers patrolling the 800 block of Ingerson Avenue spotted the vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and conducted a traffic stop, police said.

Police said the driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was identified as Newt. During a search of his vehicle police found an unserialized and untraceable AR-15-style firearm, the type of weapon commonly referred to as a ghost gun.

Newt was taken into custody and booked on multiple charges including possession of an assault weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and driving without a license, police said.

But Newt was released from jail after the DA’s office declined to file charges and sent the case back to police.

This latest revelation comes as District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a recall campaign and has come under fire from critics who say the progressive prosecutor is too soft on people accused of crimes. Boudin, who ran on a platform of ending mass incarceration, has said he has an obligation not to file charges that can’t be proved in a court of law.

On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, 2A advocate and San Francisco resident Chris Cheng joins the show for a frank discussion about Boudin’s misplaced priorities and the disastrous effect they’re having on the city he calls home.

Cheng, who’s lived in San Francisco for over a decade, says he’s watched as the city has deteriorated under Boudin’s tenure as DA, and believes that Boudin’s embrace of a social justice agenda has led to repeated injustices against residents. Cheng also notes that more and more San Franciscans are getting fed up, and there are now two separate recall initiatives designed to get Boudin out of office.

Whether or not either will be successful remains to be see, however. Boudin’s not the only far-Left prosecutor trying to “reimagine” the criminal justice system by reducing prosecutions for even those charged with violent crimes, and in Philadelphia, District Attorney Larry Krasner cruised to victory in this week’s Democratic primary, almost assuring himself of a victory in November despite a staggering rise in violent crime amidst a steep drop in the number of prosecutions his office has pursued against those accused of armed robberies, carjackings, and other crimes of violence.

Boudin might very well survive his recall challenge, even if the city’s homicide rate continues to rise. Meanwhile, he and other Democrats will keep pushing for new restrictions on legal gun owners, creating new crimes out of the right to keep and bear arms while they pass on prosecuting those suspected of taking innocent human lives. With Boudin in charge, it’s no wonder that Cheng says that some of his friends in San Francisco have suddenly embraced the idea of owning a gun for self-defense, though they’ve never had the desire to do so before. Boudin’s approach may not reduce the city’s crime rate, but it sounds like it could very well lead to more San Franciscans embracing their Second Amendment rights.