Huge Surprise, California Cop Killer Was Already on Probation for Gun Charges

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Shooting and killing an on-duty cop is always the result of feeling like no other option exists. It’s the action of a person at their lowest level. They are often career criminals that the Democrats will tell you were just wrapped up by the system, and someone will claim was just starting to turn their life around.

When two cops were shot and killed on June 14th, in El Monte, CA it was a big deal. This is a quiet little inland community northeast of LA, and they aim to keep it that way. Cpl. Michael Paredes and officer Joseph Santana called El Monte home and have for years. So, when they responded to the call of a possible stabbing at a motel, it was as if their own homes were under attack.

According to reports, the duo encountered a wall of gunfire immediately upon arrival at the scene. With the gunman exiting the motel room at one point, there were shots fired from multiple angles. When all was said and done, dozens of evidence markers covered the scene, and the officers and suspect were dead. There was no stabbing as the assailant’s girlfriend emerged from the ordeal without a scratch, but in the end, the shooter and officers all perished from the gunfire.

Per the investigation into the shooting, Justin William Flores was the gunman. Already on probation for gun possession, he had been arrested last year for possessing a gun and drugs. As such, he is somebody who should have never had a gun. As someone on probation, he wouldn’t have passed any background check. He would not have been allowed to own a firearm, so that means his gun came from an illegal source. In essence, this was another shooting that Democrats, and their new gun laws, couldn’t have done a thing to prevent.

In a joint statement, the city, police department, and El Monte Police Officers Association offered their condolences to these officers and their families. “There are no words to describe our grief and devastation by this senseless act as we learned about the passing of two of our police officers. It weighs heavy on our hearts, and we are sending our support to their families. We would also like to thank the El Monte community and our surrounding government agencies for the outpouring [of] support we have received in the last few hours.”

While these condolences are great and heartfelt, they won’t bring them back, and it won’t prevent the next criminal looking to kill a cop from being able to achieve their goal. The same can be said for their low-capacity magazine laws, or strongly worded handgun guidelines. None of these laws are keeping people safe. They fail for one reason, and one reason only; criminals do not care about them. Sure, they might make it harder to hit their goal, but it doesn’t eliminate the problem.

Fortunately, there is a solution. A simple one, too. One that the Democrats won’t like. One that may upset minorities as they might feel targeted, but that is never the goal.

The solution is quite simply to keep those accused of and convicted of serious crimes in jail. Not the for-profit prisons either, but real ran-by-the-state jails. Make these criminals do 20-30 years for gun crimes. Make sentencing that makes an impact and sends a message. A message that tells people that we take crime seriously.

The more we make our justice system look like a revolving door, the fewer incentives people have not to commit crimes. For those growing up in poverty, it’s already a struggle not to commit a crime, simply because it’s what is all around them, and it’s a chance to get away from the struggle at least a bit. When you have no fear of jail because the law won’t send you there, you have nothing to lose.