In the summer of 2015, a 32-year-old tourist named Kate Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco in a senseless murder that inspired outrage from sea to shining sea. The (confessed) killer – a homeless illegal immigrant named Jose Garcia Zarate – was arrested and charged with first degree murder. His story, which included seven previous felonies and five previous deportations, sent shockwaves through the American political system. Donald Trump, then on the precipice of what would turn out to be a historic run for president, used the tragic case to rail against San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies, which Garcia Zarate admitted acted as a beacon, drawing him there in the first place.
And he apparently made a fantastic decision when he chose to commit his most deadly felony there as well. Because on Thursday, a jury in San Francisco determined that Garcia Zarate, the (confessed) killer, was not actually responsible for Steinle’s death in any way that deserves lawful punishment. It was just fine. An accident. He was not guilty of murder and he was not guilty of manslaughter. He was not even guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. No, the worst he could be convicted of was unlawful possession of the gun – the gun he used to kill an innocent woman.
Okay, so now what?
Some are reading this as a result of over-prosecution on the part of the DA. They say they didn’t have a first-degree murder case and could have gotten the manslaughter conviction if they’d aimed their sights a little lower. Others are saying that this was San Francisco’s big middle finger to the Trump administration and to red state America, both of which have been hammering the Bay Area and California as a whole for their bleeding-heart, dangerous sympathies for illegal immigrants. There may be a little bit of truth to both of these. We don’t know.
What we do know is that Kate Steinle would be alive today if Garcia Zarate had not been in the country. That blame lies on Congress. It lies on the Obama administration. It lies on San Francisco, where sanctuary city policies prevented officials from cooperating with federal authorities. It lies on every leftist in the Democrat Party who puts the welfare of illegal immigrants above the safety and security of American citizens. All of them have the blood of Kate Steinle on their hands.
There’s been talk lately that Democrats might shut down the federal government rather than agree to a spending bill that does not grant amnesty to Obama’s so-called Dreamers.
After this verdict, we literally dare them to do it.