This is a vivid example of what it means to be soft-on-crime. The man who literally tried to stab Rep. Lee Zeldin yesterday was quickly released within hours of the attack.
For those who haven't heard this news, Rep. Zeldin is running for the governor of New York State. Yesterday, he was giving a campaign speech in the city of Perinton, near Rochester. Out of nowhere, according to video and eye-witness accounts, a deranged individual charged the stage and attempted to stab Rep. Zeldin.
Thankfully several quick-acting spectators were able to subdue his attacker. The man was arrested and arraigned on a 2nd degree felony charge of attempted assault. And then he was IMMEDIATELY RELEASED on "his own recognizance" - in other words, without having to post bond.
First of all, it's not clear why the charge wasn't attempted murder. That aside, the idea that you can attempt to STAB someone and then walk free a short while later on your "own recognizance" is outrageous.
You could say, "Well, that's New York for you." But this mentality is spreading all over the nation, primarily under the guise of compassion and "social justice." It's sick.
Legislators at all levels who vote for soft-on-crime laws ought to be voted out of office. Meanwhile, weak prosecutors and judges who will not enforce laws on the books ought to be out of a job as well.
Ironically, this is one of the reasons why Rep. Zeldin is running for NY Governor - to get tough on crime in that state.
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