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Democrat lawmakers in Washington state, including a convicted felon. are trying to reduce the criminal penalty for killing someone in a drive-by shooting, claiming the mandated prison sentence for murder is “racist.”

Washington State Representatives Tarra Simmons and David Hackney have introduced House Bill 1692, eliminating the mandatory life sentence for killing someone in a drive-by shooting.

The bill was introduced after Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz reported a 100% increase in drive-by shootings in 2021, and that 80 percent of the victims are black or Hispanic.

Under Washington law, a murder is upgraded to aggravated murder in the first degree if 

“(t)he murder was committed during the course of or as a result of a shooting where the discharge of the firearm… is either from a motor vehicle or from the immediate area of a motor vehicle that was used to transport the shooter or the firearm.”

Simmons and Hackney claim the prison sentences are part of a plan to lock up young black men, even though it’s only been used once since its 1995 adoption.

Simmons, a white woman, is a convicted felon, having served 30 months in prison for drug violations and theft before being elected to the Washington State House.

The move is part of a larger plan by Democrats nationwide to reduce or even eliminate criminal penalties for crime.  Some liberals see crime, such as theft and rioting, as part of a larger “social justice” movement.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.


  1. So let’s be clear. Be a person of color and have the right to shoot at people? Ok. But I’ll shoot back if I can. It’s time to put a stop to this shit

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  2. Black on black crime
    black on all other skin color crime
    black seem to always be fighting and killing
    they should have been left alone in Africa
    maybe the world will be better off

    1. I keep saying – – “We shoulda picked out own cotton!!!” We also shoulda shipped all the “slaves” back to Africa after the ceasing of hostilities in the War Between the States.

    1. It seems everyone is so concerned with the rights of criminals; WHAT about the rights pf the VICTIMS… I think that the victims or their families should be able to do to the criminal; what the criminals did to their victims!!!

    2. Now, now. Easy there, the Damnocrats are merely protecting what they perceive to be their Voter Base. The Scum-in-Question can’t vote if they’re in jail (wait a minute they can via mail). Also, an official can vote on behalf of the dead victims. Coincidentally, all the dead victims are Damnocrats. As a matter of fact, the executed Scum can vote absentee also. What a great system that makes Tammany Hall look like rank amateurs.

  3. The victims ,usually black , would disagree with this.
    Strong prison sentences are needed so this crime does. Not escalate just as the leniency of crime shopping has proven to do.
    There is racism ,in this world , but these fools throw the baby out with the bath water out.

  4. Drive by shootings are the same as murder and outing them in prison is not racist. That’s where you should be putting any color that commits Crimes.

  5. “If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.” Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC

  6. Simmons and Hackney are just taking the first step toward proposing Drive-By Shooting as one of the games in the Decriminalized Smash and Grab Olympics.

  7. This is past the point of idiocy. Democrats are, without question, a threat to our Constitutional Republic and our way of life…

  8. Democrats Claim Prison Sentences for Drive by Shootings are ‘Racist.My question is why. The Demorats are getting crazier by the day.

  9. Typical Democrat BS ! A crime is a crime is a crime . Drive by shooting are cowardly at best and at worst may take the lives of innocent people . Let’s not forget that even when the do get their intended victim , it is still murder . The perpetrators should be locked up for life no parole .

  10. So let me see ,I think they are saying that if they are walking down the street with their family they wouldn’t mind if someone came by and took a couple of pop shots at them possibly killing one or more of their family members and they wouldn’t be charged for doing it because if they did they would be a racist. Since “racist” can be anything or anyone according to the “woke”In this circumstance the Democrats would be creating an opportunity for anyone to kill off off whom ever they wish as long as they do it by drive by shooting and not get charged for doing it.

  11. I wonder what they would say if it was one of their own that was shot and killed by a drive by shooter would they think they needed to go free

  12. I can see why they want to lower the charge. In most drive bys the one they want dead never gets hit but all around them do. So since those who die are not the one they planned on shooting it is at best manslaughter. Besides if we toss all the gang bangers and others who resort to drive bys Democraps would run out of Voters.

  13. This proves that Demon-crats are utterly bat-shit crazy. They need to be locked away in mental institutions before they literally wreck civilization.

  14. It’s NOT racist to punish crime, but it IS racist to use race to justify crime!! Under the democrats, this country has gone absolutely nuts!! Remember, the Bible say’s that in the end-times wrong will be called right; and right will be called wrong!! Wake up, America… it will get worse!!!

  15. Do not fire back but shoot the crimnals first and claim to be a Dim and We can all walk out of many courthouses in OUr country . Tuen the table on all this insanity . Do not obey Our laws anymore until this stops .

  16. With some luck their idea will come to haunt them when they are walking on the grounds or driving in their car

  17. That b.s. wait till it happens to them ,they will be si ging a different tine what a bunch ch of dam fools they are.

  18. Nu yukers thought their new mayor was going to be a law and order advocate! But hours after being sworn in, a Cop was ambushed in his car and he declared; he’s going to get the “violent guns” off the streets! Note to the mayor; it’s the “violent criminals” that you need to rid the city of, as the “guns” are inanimate! Every demon-rat, it seems is always chasing the wrong target, the 2nd amendment!
    Given it’s mostly blacks killing blacks, let’em be, as they are thinning the herd! 11,760 black on black homicides have been committed since the drugged-out xcon slug st. floyd, OD on fentanyl! Self-inflected genocide can’t be rrr aaa ccc iii sss ttt, so leave’em on the street, just pick up the pace!

  19. Are the democrats allowing black drive by shooters to skip out on jail time to go out and continue to shoot other blacks?
    How about preserving life as much as we can.

  20. This is stupid on steroids! If the majority of the victims are “black” or “Hispanic,” perhaps the shooters are racist, and should get the maximum penalty!

    How much had those legislators had to drink when they wrote this absurd bill?

  21. This is true. Execution for the perps in cases of drive by shootings would be far more appropriate and would take into account the nature and seriousness of the crime rather than the race of the felon.

  22. We can only hope that this Democrat gets several drive by shootings and hopefully kill someone and his worthless family the worthless family and I do not expect any charges to be filed

  23. I think the political prisoners being held by the Marxist J6 committee should be freed. Their mostly peaceful protest was to seek social justice on behalf of freedom loving Americans if all races. Clearly the election was stolen and they only wanted to voice their protest. Sadly the Feds along with Soros and Nancy employed Antifa and BLM to turn the protest violent. Knowing the left will not incarcerate their own, only conservatives are being held. This is racist.

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