Every time we see a mass shooting that gets the attention of the media, invariably Democrats immediately start screaming “gun control” even if the shooting is in a gun-free zone or a state with very strict gun control already.
What they never seem to look at or care about is — almost invariably — the shooter has a prior history that indicated he was going to be a problem and/or he should have been locked up but was let out.
That appears to be the story again with the gunman who killed three and wounded five others at Michigan State University on Monday.
Turns out that he had felony gun charges dismissed by a progressive prosecutor, according to the Free Beacon.
Anthony McRae was charged in June 2019 with illegally carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, but later had those charges dismissed by the office of Ingham County district attorney Carol Siemon (D.). Her office instead let McRae plead guilty to a lesser misdemeanor gun charge, and he served a little more than a year on probation, which ended May 2021. He initially faced up to five years in prison for the felony charge, the Detroit News reported.
Siemon retired from the district attorney’s office at the start of this year after facing criticism from judges and law enforcement officials for her soft-on-crime policies. The same year that McRae was released, Ingham County sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth pushed East Lansing’s city council “to reconsider her internal felony firearm charging policy,” which he said “does not hold people properly criminally accountable, and increases the likelihood of additional gun violence.”
Siemon made it her office’s official policy in August 2021 to drop mandatory prison sentences for felony firearms charges. She said the sentencing enhancement led to “dramatic racial inequity” and was “not in any way linked to the goal that we share of keeping the public safe.”
Siemon is part of George Soros’s vast public safety network. She has participated in international criminal justice reform junkets with other “reform-minded” prosecutors like Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner (D.), Chicago’s Kim Foxx (D.), and Los Angeles’s George Gascón. She also backed radical San Francisco prosecutor Chesa Boudin (D.) ahead of a recall campaign that eventually ousted him from office last year.
Ingham County Prosecutor John Dewane claimed that he likely would have avoided jail anyway. But that’s part of the problem, with the authorities not taking the gun charges seriously and holding people who break the laws accountable, as opposed to randomly trying to snatch away the constitutional rights of all.
This guy was apparently “known to the police,” according to the Detroit News.
Neighbors described him as “wild” and a “hell-raiser.” Paul Rodney Tucker who lived around the corner from McRae said, “I knew he lived at that house because there was constant trouble there.” He’d heard gunshots at McRae’s home and believed police had been called there before. Megan and Tyler Bender who lived on the same street said the same thing — that police had been called for gunshots at the home. Megan Bender said McRae would fire out the back door, she thought for target practice.
There were signs, but those signs weren’t adequately addressed.