San Francisco Supervisor: Murder by Illegal Immigrant Has Become "Political Pinata," Where Is Outrage For Gun Control?

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David Campos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, appeared on MSNBC to talk about the sanctuary city status of San Francisco and violent recidivist illegal immigrants like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man accused of murdering 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in the city in July. Campos was appointed to his position by former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom is now the Lt. Governor of California.

Campos warned against rush to judgment with Lopez-Sanchez because "we are still not sure exactly" what happened. Campos said the bullet fired from the gun Lopez-Sanchez was holding may have "ricochetted off the ground" and hit Steinle. Campos said illegal immigrations are far less likely to commit violent crime compared to the rest of the population.

"First of all, on this case, let's be very clear, we are still not sure exactly of all the things that happened," Campos said. "You know, in this case, it appears that the shot ricochetted off the ground."

"The challenge that I have with the way that people are talking about this is that they look at an incident like this and they assume that that is representative of an entire community," Campos said. "Newsweek had a very interesting piece that basically showed that if you look at facts, not rhetoric, not political points, but if you look at facts, undocumented people are less likely to commit violent crime than the rest of the population."

The San Francisco Supervisor said the murder has become a "political pinata" and said the outrage should be over the fact that the accused murderer used a stolen gun to commit the crime. Campos also asked where is the outrage at the federal government for failing to do "comprehensive immigration reform."

"The problem here is not just that this individual... even though San Francisco has become a political pinata," a perturbed Campos said. "Where is the outrage in the failure of the federal government to actually do comprehensive immigration reform? Where is the outrage at the fact that you had a gun that was actually stolen from a federal law enforcement agent? We in San Francisco are actually doing something to prevent this, like I said."

Campos seemingly defended Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez by laying some of the blame at the feet of federal law enforcement for allowing the gun to get into his hands.

"We're requiring that law enforcement actually do something with their guns," Campos said. "You know, this has become an immigration issue, and yet, no one is talking about gun control."

JOSE DIAZ-BALART, MSNBC HOST: David, how do you get communities rid of people like this Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had been deported five times for felonies, and pulled the trigger that killed this extraordinary young woman. How do you get these people off the streets?

DAVID CAMPOS: Well, first of all, on this case, let's be very clear, we are still not sure exactly of all the things that happened. You know, in this case, it appears that the shot ricochetted off the ground.

But let me say this, the challenge that I have with the way that people are talking about this is that they look at an incident like this and they assume that that is representative of an entire community. Newsweek had a very interesting piece that basically showed that if you look at facts, not rhetoric, not political points, but if you look at facts, undocumented people are less likely to commit violent crime than the rest of the population.

So, why is it that when something like this happens -- and by the way, the problem here is not just that this individual, you know, what San Francisco, even though San Francisco has become a political pinata. Where is the outrage in the failure of the federal government to actually do comprehensive immigration reform? Where is the outrage at the fact that you had a gun that was actually stolen from a federal law enforcement agent? We in San Francisco are actually doing something to prevent this, like I said.

You know, we have a law that is trying to purge old warrants so we don't transfer the wrong person. We're requiring that law enforcement actually do something with their guns. You know, this has become an immigration issue, and yet, no one is talking about gun control.

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