They say crime is down, but do we feel safer?

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page -

You can eas­ily imag­ine this. You come out of a fast­food place to find an idling car be­hind your car, block­ing you from back­ing out of your park­ing space.

What do you do? You can get in your car and wait, who knows how long, for the per­son to have the de­cency to move the car. Or you can ask them to move it; a per­fectly rea­son­able course to take.

Ex­cept this is 2019 and ask­ing some­one to move their car can get you killed.

If my view­ing of the sur­veil­lance tape is cor­rect, that is what hap­pened to a Lan­cas­ter man Thurs­day. Cops aren’t say­ing yet,

but it ap­pears that Frank Bor­sotti is dead be­cause he asked some­body to move their car in the park­ing lot of Jack-in-the­box on 10th Street West at lunchtime.

As shown on the sur­veil­lance tape, the pas­sen­ger emerges from the car and sucker punches the 60-year-old grand­fa­ther, who falls to the pave­ment, never to get up.

Bor­sotti was pro­nounced dead at An­te­lope Val­ley Hospi­tal.

As I write, on Satur­day morn­ing, deputies have not yet cap­tured the sus­pect. I will go out on a limb here — an ex­ceed­ingly short limb — and pre­dict that when they do cap­ture him, we will learn that he has a crim­i­nal record.

Of­ten in these cases, we find that suspects are on pa­role, and if they served even only 60% of their sen­tence, the vic­tim would still be alive.

I could be wrong. But we’ve seen this so many times over the years. In the 1990s, so many in­no­cent peo­ple were mur­dered by crim­i­nals with lengthy felony records — crim­i­nals who served only a mea­ger frac­tion of their sen­tences and went back to com­mit the same crimes.

The peo­ple of Cal­i­for­nia fi­nally re­volted and passed the Three Strikes law. Three felonies and you went away for 25 years to life.

Crime rates — true crime rates — plum­meted, and Cal­i­for­nia be­came markedly safer.

Un­able to stand the pros­per­ity, Cal­i­for­nia lib­er­als dis­man­tled the tough crime laws. The lib­eral il­logic? Crime is down, we don’t need tough mea­sures.

No, crime be­cause of mea­sures. was the down tough

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