Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is on his way out of office this year due to term limits, and the race to replace him is on. The city’s leading contender for Democrats is Congresswoman Karen Bass. She’s currently enjoying a healthy lead in the polls, but she had some alarming news to share yesterday. Her house had been broken into and she was very distressed about it. But this was not a case of their political opponents hitting them or anything like that. This was just another good old-fashioned heist. However, the goods that the thief or thieves made off with cause quite a stir. She claims they stole two handguns from her. (Fox News)
Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass, who is running for mayor of Los Angeles, announced Saturday that her home was broken into as the city experiences a spike in crime, which is a top concern for Southern California voters.
“Last night I came home to find my house had been broken into and broken into,” the Bass campaign said in a statement. “The LAPD was called and I appreciate their support. At this point only two firearms appear to have been stolen, although they were kept safe and secure. Cash, electronics and other valuables were not. It’s annoying and unfortunately something far too many Angelenos have faced.”
Jonah Goldberg summed it up with a wordless tweet. (Click the play button.)
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) September 11, 2022
Of course we’re glad no one was hurt. It’s also worth noting that a report of a burglary in Los Angeles wouldn’t normally even count as a local news article. But the few details we’ve received so far leave some questions unanswered.
The irony of someone mid-campaign trying to break into a city plagued by rising crime rates is, as Jonah pointed out, off the charts. One might think that such an event would offer Congresswoman Bass a moment for self-reflection on the policies she intends to implement if elected. Earlier this year, probably sensing a major shift in political winds after District Attorney George Gascon narrowly avoided a recall election, Bass began making some noise about the police refund. But she had been on board earlier to disappoint the police. And even today, part of their “crime plan” is in some cases bringing in civilians to take over certain roles from the cops. Will this experience motivate you to further change your policies?
And then there’s the matter of her stolen “property”. She had two guns in her house? As of February of this year, Bass was still “overt” in favor of restricting gun purchases and ownership and repealing “stand-your-ground” laws. Last year, she voted in the House of Representatives for two tough gun control laws. She clearly doesn’t think you need the right to a firearm to defend yourself, but she had two of them in her house?
It’s also very curious how and why the thieves made off with the two firearms while leaving “cash, electronics and other valuables” untouched. That sounds to me like a bunch of thieves who knew exactly what they were looking for and where to find it while missing out on other easier targets of opportunity. It doesn’t prove anything definitively, of course, but it’s certainly odd.
And how did the thieves get their weapons? According to Bass, the firearms were “kept safe and secure.” The California Department of Justice tells us that firearms in the home, when not in use, “discharged, locked with a firearm safety device and stored in a locked container. Ammunition should be stored in a separate location from the gun.”
Nobody was home so they should have been locked up, right? How did the thieves manage to overcome all these precautions? Or is it possible that Karen Bass did not properly secure her firearms in the manner required by the state government? And again nothing was stolen while they still managed to get away with the guns?
Something doesn’t add up here. And with Ms. Bass hoping to become the next mayor of one of the world’s biggest cities, which is experiencing a sustained rise in crime and gun violence, she should be prepared to answer all of those questions.