Mark my words: California's coming crime wave is real, and it's going to be spectacular.
California's crime rate, like that of the rest of the nation, had been declining for decades. Democratic politicians credited the decline on the state's incessant (and excessive) gun control laws. Republicans pointed to the passage of the three strikes law and a prison system that kept career criminals locked up for a long time.
Unfortunately, the state wasn't prepared to spend sufficient funds on public safety and the state's prisons soon became so overcrowded that the courts had to step in to ensure that California prison conditions didn't too closely resemble those found to the south in Mexico.
Money for prisons is nowhere near the top of the progressive politicians spending priorities, not when there's "free" college and high-speed trains to nowhere to fund.
Instead, politicians passed bills like AB 109 in 2011 that would shift "non-violent" offenders to county jails and promoted Prop. 57 last year that further expanded the crimes classified as "non-violent" that would result in fewer criminals facing serious jail time.
Which brings us to Michael Christopher Mejia (right) who allegedly killed his 46-year-old cousin Roy Torres, stole a car, crashed the aforementioned car and then got into a gunfight with two Whittier Police Department officers, killing officer Keith Boyer and wounding Officer Patrick Hazell.
Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said Mejia was released from state prison in April 2016 following a grand theft auto conviction in 2014. He was on county probation under Assembly Bill 109 when he allegedly shot and killed Boyer and Torres and also had been arrested multiple times in recent months for violating his probation, Corina said.
How many times has Mejia been arrested since that auto theft conviction?
Mejia was released from prison as a non-violent offender in April, 2016, and since then, has been arrested at least five times for a variety of probation violations.
As a convicted felon on probation, it might seem strange that Mejia managed to get his hands on the gun he used to commit at least one murder (reporting doesn't make it clear how Mejia allegedly killed his cousin). After all, Democrat politicians have been telling us for years that gun control here in the Golden State is the reason gun crimes don't happen.
Boyer is dead because this state is more concerned about spending public funds on a high speed train to nowhere than keeping its citizens safe. Legislators would rather pass gun laws that are routinely ignored by criminals in a misguided belief that they will be anything more than a minor annoyance to men intent on doing evil.
It's been six years since AB 109 became law. Prop. 57 will accelerate the return of "non-violent" but serious criminal offenders returning to the streets of this state.
In 2015, the state saw its first serious uptick in violent crime in decades. When 2016's final numbers are in, do not be surprised if the number is up again.
The Democratic politicians have been setting the stage for the coming crime wave with a combination of leniency for criminals and a series of ever more restrictive gun control laws that make it impossible for citizens to defend themselves.
The majority of Democrat-run counties along the coast refuse to issue concealed carry permits absent fame or political connections that those most likely to be victims of violent crime simply don't have. They expand gun-free zones in the laughable belief that signs make people safe from terrorists, madmen, or the common criminal.
Officer Boyer's death is a sad sign of things to come. Whether California voters will wake up before the state turns into something from a John Carpenter-Kurt Russell flick is yet to be determined.