On Thursday, a Houston police officer was shot by a 17-year-old, according to KPRC.
Now, it’s been revealed that the young man had been locked up on a carjacking charge only two weeks ago, and was released on a no-cost personal bond.
Hold criminals accountable
While Democrats scream for gun control, conservatives are screaming for accountability.
Rather than trying to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, the government should do something to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals. Then, maybe this tragedy could have been prevented.
Just two weeks ago, Brandon Bell carjacked Tina Kingshill’s car while she was out handing out flyers.
Her car was found a few hours later, and Bell was picked up and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and criminal trespassing in a motor vehicle.
You would think any crime committed with a deadly weapon would be enough to keep someone behind bars, but that was not the case here. Bell received a no-cost personal bond and was set free.
Keep ’em behind bars
Had Bell been kept behind bars for his first crime, he would not have been on the streets two weeks later. While Democrat 2020 hopefuls were debating gun policy and threatening to take the guns of law-abiding citizens in Houston, Bell was shooting at Houston law enforcement.
Before that shooting, however, Bell and some of his friends were on another carjacking crime spree. After stealing an SUV — again at gunpoint — Bell and co. had to abandon the vehicle because it ran out of gas.
They then robbed a priest. After beating the priest and stealing his cell phone, they stole a pickup truck from another woman. They later ditched the trucks as police caught up to them. Bell then shot the police officer in the ensuing chase.
Rather than charge Bell with the deadly weapons charge in his first crime, prosecutors accepted the misdemeanor charge for the carjacking — a decision that almost got a police officer killed.
So, you tell me: do we need more gun laws, or do we just need to treat criminals as criminals and keep them locked up behind bars?