While sentencing a man convicted of murder, an Oregon Circuit Court judge’s remarks devolved into an anti-gun screed.
Instead of focusing on the case at hand, Judge Kenneth Walker indicted all gun owners, including law enforcement. This summer, Oregon Governor Kate Brown laid out a three-part plan to attack gun rights for law-abiding gun owners – and it seems Judge Walker would be quite the advocate for those laws.
Via the Washington Times:
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Walker made his remarks while sentencing drive-by shooter Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. on a murder charge.
“If I could, I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean,” Judge Walker told Mr. Daniel, The Oregonian reported. “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.”
“They are a scourge of this country, and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned,” the judge — a former public criminal defense attorney — added later before insisting that was merely his personal opinion and that he would not seek to overturn gun rights from the bench.
“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.”
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