Los Angeles, May 18, 2022 – ADDA Vice President Eric Siddall issued the following statement in response to comments George Gascón made today regarding gun violence.
Today, George Gascón talked a big game about reducing gun violence but did nothing to stop it. He refuses to hold criminals caught with guns accountable. In Los Angeles, a suspect caught with an assault rifle will be released back on the streets before the arrest report is finished.
In 2021, 859 people were killed in Los Angeles County; 687 of them from gun violence. Yet, Gascón refuses to enforce laws designed to combat gun violence. Because of Gascón’s bail policy, recidivist career criminals caught with guns face a revolving courthouse door. They continue to victimize our residents. No wonder gang members toast Gascón from prison and want to tattoo his name on their forehead.
California’s gun laws are the strictest in the nation. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Gascón refuses to enforce them. Now he has the audacity to lecture the rest of the country about the danger of gun violence. His exploitation of this tragedy to spout political platitudes is unbecoming of his office. On one thing we agree with Mr. Gascon; thoughts and prayers are not enough. Nor are press conferences.
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