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Lawyer for illegal alien charged with murdering Kate Steinle blames stolen gun

An attorney for Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — the illegal immigrant charged with murdering 32-year-old Kate Steinle (pictured) on a San Francisco pier on July 1, 2015 — is placing blame on the gun. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

An attorney for Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — the illegal immigrant charged with murdering 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier on July 1, 2015 — is placing blame on the gun.

The bullet that pierced Steinle's heart on Pier 14 was fired from a gun stolen from a Bureau of Land Management agent's car in the city four days earlier — and Lopez-Sanchez said he found it encased in a T-shirt under a bench.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

And in his Tuesday op-ed for the San Francisco Examiner, attorney Matt Gonzalez argues that the stolen gun — a semi-automatic SIG Sauer — is known for accidental discharges among police and lists incidents. Gonzalez notes that the SIG Sauer's "hair trigger in single-action mode" was enabled in Steinle's shooting, making it much easier to fire.

Indeed, Gonzalez argued at a preliminary hearing that the shooting was an accident, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He said the bullet was damaged on one side, indicating it had ricocheted off the ground, the paper reported. Lopez-Sanchez said he threw the gun into the bay so it would stop firing, Gonzalez said, the Chronicle reported.

"For the trained police and others who experienced accidental discharges, and their unintended victims, Lopez-Sanchez’s claim is not far-fetched, but simple reality," Gonzalez wrote in his op-ed.

Lopez-Sanchez was looking at a sixth deportation after 46 months in prison for felony re-entry into the United States, the Chronicle noted, but was released from jail due to San Francisco's sanctuary city status.

Steinle's arm was around her father when she was shot, the paper said. James Steinle — an advocate for Kate’s Law, which would enact tougher immigration policies and passed in the House of Representatives last month — said his daughter's last words were, “Dad, help me, help me.”

As for Gonzalez's op-ed, many commenters said Gonzalez's argument is ridiculous.

One wrote, "This man's excuse that 'it's the gun's fault' is abject BS. First off [SIG Sauer] is one of the best brands of handguns on the market with the lowest rates of malfunction on the market. Full stop. There is no history of any one model of Sig of having a problem with malfunctions that cause an accidental discharge."

Another commented that Gonzalez "does not know the difference between negligent discharges — which are the fault of the shooter — and accidental discharges."

"Matt Gonzalez, you are a complete and utter moron and any resemblance you have to an educated person is purely coincidental," another commenter opined. "You should ask for the money you spent becoming a lawyer back, because you were robbed."

Others placed blame elsewhere.

"I'm very pro-2A, and I've no sympathy for the defendant," one commenter wrote. "That being said, I wouldn't object to some significant responsibility falling on the federal officer. Officers from all agencies display negligence with firearms that would lead to felony convictions for civilians."

"If 'the shooter' had not depressed the trigger, the gun would not have fired. In no way can a reasonable person conclude that the manufacturer is in any way responsible," another commenter said. "But I suspect that this argument relies on the fact that San Franciscans are significantly more likely to be ignorant of and biased against handguns and their operation."

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

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