During the murder trial of a gang member on trial for killing an innocent man in a drive-by shooting, an Oregon judge tells the killer exactly who he believes is responsible for the murder: the gun.
In fact, Judge Kenneth Walker, a Multnomah County judge, says if it was up to him, no one in the country would have a gun – not even police. He went off on an anti-gun rant, ending with the admission that it’s the right of people in this country to own guns, so he “will not say anything to affect that right.”
But he said plenty, and right in front of the murderer as well. No condemnation of the murderer’s actions – just a condemnation against the guns. Here is his rant:
“If I could, I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean. 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.
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.
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.
They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned. 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.”
The murderer on trial was Marcell Lee Daniel, Jr., a gang member who has been implicated in multiple shootings. He was being tried for killing Drew Coggins in broad daylight, in a drive-by shooting on June 30, 2014.
When Coggins’ family confronted the killer at the trial and demanded he apologize to them for the killing, all he would say is, “I’m sorry for your loss.”
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