Citing how well it worked in Australia, a judge in Portland, Oregon tells a defendant, “Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them.”
With murderer Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. silent in front of his bench, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker blasted firearms as the uncharged culprit in court this week.
“If I could I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges, and go dump them in the ocean,” says Walker in the above video from the Oregonian. “Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”
The solution? Australia bought up some 700,000 firearms in 1997 for $500 million, and disposed of them in various ways, including tossing several thousand military surplus Enfield and FN rifles into the Pacific Ocean. To be clear, a myriad of firearms remained in legal circulation and today there are an estimated 3 million guns in the hands of civilians ‘Down Under. But that did not deter Judge Walker’s argument.
“Australia after a major shooting rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country,” says Walker.
Of course, facts being what they are, Melbourne– Australia’s second largest city– has seen 100 shootings since last January. In the past decade, firearms offenses have more than doubled from 2,308 to 4,947 in the city.
As for Daniel, he received 17 1/2 years in prison as a result of the 2014 drive-by shooting in North Portland that left Andrew Coggins dead. If he serves all of his time, Daniel will be released around age 42.
Speaking of Australia, life imprisonment is mandatory for murder in several states including Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.
Guess Walker hadn’t heard about that one.
According to OregonLive, Judge Walker also said:
“I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns,” Walker said, referring to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”
Like most lefty gun control nuts, this judge is focused on the tool used to commit the murder, and seeking to punish it, rather than the person who used the tool to take another life. People have been murdering others with guns for hundreds of years, and stabbings go back for thousands of years, so clearly, punishing or banishing the weapon isn’t the solution. It’s a people problem, and apparently one that can’t be fixed.
Judge Walker’s first amendment rights give him the right to voice his opinion, but personally, I don’t think it belongs in a courtroom, particularly when addressing the defendant who’s been judged guilty of murder. His words, as well as what seems like a light sentence for murder, show sympathy to a man who deserves none. If he hates guns so much, his time would be better spent trying to change the punishment phase within our justice system.
Comparing the US to Australia is like comparing apples to oranges and it’s an invalid argument. Nice try, Judge.