Legislators in Washington state are trying to right a wrong. It’s just not fair. If you kill a few people in a drive y shooting, you are stigmatized for life. The current law says that if you kill someone in a drive by shooting you go to prison for life. Rep Tarra Simmons thinks the law is unfair because it targets blacks. Duh. Black gangs invented the drive by shooting.
Simmons could be thinking about her past where she was arrested several times for possession and sales of drugs. But, it seems to me that premeditated murder in a drive by shooting should be dealt with harshly. But Democrats as a party is soft on the killers.
In Harris County, Texas they have allowed 113 killers with 155 victims to bail themselves out on bail cheaply. They also favor the BLM riots which were responsible for many deaths.
“I believe in a society that believes in the power of redemption. Murder is murder, no matter where the bullet comes from but locking young people up and throwing away the key is not the answer.”
Simmons is joined by Rep. David Hackney. Together they claim removing drive by shootings from the designation of life in prison is a move towards racial equality. Should we change all of the laws in order to achieve racial justice just because one minority breaks the law more often than others have. Punishment should be color blind. You have a set punishment for a crime and no matter what your identity is, you get that sentence.
FOX News reports that “drive-by shootings were added to the list of aggravating factors for murder charges in 1995.” At the time, drive-by shootings were one of a number of crimes that would elevate charges and Simmons and Hackney are now working to remove such shootings from the list.
The 1995 language that Simmons and Hackney want to specifically strike from the aggravating factors list says: “The murder was committed during the course of or as a result of a shooting where the discharge of the firearm… is either from a motor vehicle or from the immediate area of a motor vehicle that was used to transport the shooter or the firearm.”
770 KTTH points out that Simmons and Hackney’s pushed to strike drive-by shootings from the aggravating factors list is posited as a pursuit of “racial equity in the criminal legal system.”
On July 22, 2021, KIRO 7 noted a surge of gun violence in Seattle and quoted Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diazwas saying, “We’ve seen more than a 100% increase in drive-by shootings this year alone.”