Father of slain child in San Francisco lashes out

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The state of California is the most gun-controlled state in the nation. Cities like San Francisco have further restricted gun ownership by making it virtually impossible to lawfully buy a gun anywhere in the city.

Unsurprisingly, there are those who don’t think that’s nearly enough.

One of them is a particularly tragic figure, the father of a slain child who said as much recently.

California’s strict gun laws have not kept firearms out of the wrong hands, the father of a slain 6-year-old told Fox News.

“In my son’s case, every suspect that was arrested in regards to his murder was apprehended again with another firearm during their arrest,” said Jason Young, whose son, Jace, was shot and killed in San Francisco in July 2020.

“I don’t think that the appropriate measures are taken,” Young said. “There are other measures that need to be taken before we even put these individuals back on the streets.”

Young campaigned for the successful recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, saying that he felt the Democrat’s progressive policies eliminated accountability for criminals. Young said he and his family were happy Jace’s story helped oust the DA.

“We were having a district attorney who was more worried about suing the manufacturers … and not about finding a more hands-on approach to dealing with the individuals that were actually caught with firearms, whether they were untraceable ghost guns or if they were traceable guns,” Young said.

In fact, while Fox News framed this as the father calling for more gun control, upon further review myself, I’m taking something very differently away from this.

It seems that Young is righteously upset at how little California’s and San Francisco’s gun control laws are actually accomplishing.

I don’t see any quotes that actually call for new gun control laws so much as somehow finding a way to enforce the measures that are already on the books so criminals don’t get their hands on them and kill more innocent children.

While I think the state has gone way, way too far with regard to gun control, I’m willing to allow Young’s comment to stand under the circumstances. After all, he just wants criminals it untenable to get guns. Considering what he’s been through, he has a reason to feel that way.

More than that, though, many of us feel the same way.

Armed criminals make it harder on all of us. People with illegally acquired guns shoot and kill people, thus pushing lawmakers to restrict our right to keep and bear arms.

That’s why there aren’t any gun stores in San Francisco and why there aren’t any gun shows there either.

Clearly, though, that didn’t protect Young’s child from harm. Maybe because targeting lawful gun owners wasn’t the right way to deal with armed criminals? I mean, I’m just going to put that out there.

If what I’m seeing is right and Young is mostly just pissed at how little the laws are accomplishing, we can fully agree with that on.

If not, well, maybe he should venture out of San Francisco and chat with some of us about our experiences. We’ll be happy to tell him how it works away from these cities.

Aug 18, 2022 5:30 PM ET