This is what liberals call common sense: Enforcing stringent gun control laws that make it harder and harder for innocent Americans to defend themselves, all the while releasing life-sentence inmates from prison into the public. Sounds like a recipe for disaster and mayhem if you ask me.
But that’s exactly what’s been happening in California. Governor Brown has had to deal with an overcrowded prison problem in his state. So, naturally, his solution was not to let the nonviolent, arbitrary code-violators go, but to let the ones go who had planned to stay locked up for the rest of their lives. You know, like murderers and rapists.
Nearly 1,400 lifers in California’s prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.
Since taking office three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown has affirmed 82 percent of parole board decisions, resulting in a record number of inmates with life sentences going free.
Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, authorized the release of 557 lifers during his six-year term, sustaining the board at a 27 percent clip. Before that, Gov. Gray Davis over three years approved the release of two.
This dramatic shift in releases under Brown comes as the state grapples with court orders to ease a decades-long prison crowding crisis that has seen triple bunking, prison gyms turned into dormitories and inmates shipped out of state.
Crime victims and their advocates have said the releases are an injustice to the victims and that the parolees could pose a danger to the public. More than 80 percent of lifers are in prison for murder, while the remaining are mostly rapists and kidnappers.
So they’re letting violent criminals go free, while prohibiting the law-abiding residents more and more from owning firearms for self-defense against these newly released criminals. This is what liberals call common sense.