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LOS ANGELES SENTINEL EDITORIAL    The Politics of Attacking the Victim 
By Sentinel News Staff
Published September 29, 2022

 

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Congresswoman Karen Bass, like far too many Angelenos, was the victim of a crime. Her home was burglarized and her property (guns) was stolen.  I repeat, “Karen Bass was the VICTIM of a crime”. 

 

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Now, Councilman Joe Buscaino is trying to turn this strong, law abiding, Black woman, whose character and track record for honesty and integrity is unquestionable, into a criminal.  On September 19, 2022, Councilmember Buscaino wrote a letter to LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore asking questions such as, “Why were Karen Bass’ guns targeted?” “How were Karen Bass’ guns stored?” and “Who were the guns registered to?” 

 

To get this out of the way, Chief Moore confirmed that the guns were registered to Karen Bass.  So, let’s be clear – Karen Bass did nothing wrong. She came home, found her home burglarized, contacted LAPD, filed a police report, has fully cooperated with the police, has been open and honest and answered most, if not all, questions by the media and to LAPD’s credit, an arrest has been made. 

 

So, why is Councilmember Buscaino now trying to use an age-old right wing, conservative, Gestapo, Trumpian tactic of trying to turn the victim into the criminal?  Is it because Karen Bass is on the brink of history and about to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles? 

 

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Desperate times call for desperate measure and it appears that Councilman Buscaino – a loser in his own bid to be Mayor of Los Angeles – is now using his council position to stir up controversy for Karen Bass’ on behalf of her opponent, Rick Caruso for Mayor, who Buscaino has endorsed. 

 

Unfortunately, in recent years, we have seen these tactics all too often.  We saw it when thousands of lawless terrorists stormed the capital building trying to overturn the election.  The members of congress (including Congresswoman Bass) were the victims. Donald Trump and his followers were the criminals.   

 

In the case of women who are the victims of rape and incest, Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose may be the only recourse for the victim. Yet, in today’s politically charged climate, they have once again tried to make the victim the criminal.   

 

Immigrants of all nationalities are often reluctant to report crimes because of their own fear that rather than receiving justice, understanding and common courtesy, they are questioned about their own legal status and then become the criminal, rather than receiving justice as the victim. 

 

Congresswoman Karen Bass is a high-profile public figure, a single woman, who lives alone and has the right to own a gun for her own safety.  Personally, I wouldn’t care if her gun was stored under her pillow.  She has no small children and is a single woman living by herself and has the right to defend and protect herself and her home.   

 

Joe Buscaino’s letter to the police chief questioning where and how was her gun stored and insinuating that she has somehow did something wrong is absurd, and is seen for what it is – a political ploy to sully the name of a good, honest, hardworking, God-fearing and relentless advocate for all of Los Angeles and possibly the next Mayor of Los Angeles. 

 

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