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Home Invasions in Delaware

In Politics on March 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Dear Faith & Freedom Coalition Members,

The other day Attorney General Biden publicly endorse a new home invasion bill put forth by Debra Heffernan.  Mr. Biden stood so proud of this bill; but the question that must be asked is who does this bill serve.  The leader of the Delaware Senate held back a bill sponsored by Dave Lawson (Which was supported by the Kent and Sussex County Councils) that would have made the penalties for home invasion so severe that it would have become the crime of last resort for criminals (It would make the crime a Class A felony. As written, the bill would set forth appropriate minimum mandatory penalties for the crime — prison sentences would increase from the current two-year minimum to a minimum of 15 years).  But Ms. Heffernan decided that criminals who break into your home, terrorize your family, and replace the security of your home with fear for ever day deserve a break and offered a water down version of Sen. Dave Lawson’s bill (The draft bill from Rep. Debra Heffernan, D-Wilmington South, would make home invasion a class B felony with a minimum four year sentence. Repeat offenders or intruders invading homes of the elderly would face additional prison time of six to eight years.).

When do we stop playing politics and start representing the people, when do we put the safety of our people over the security of our political job, and when do we return to the truth.  I guess the answer must be, when we elect different politicians.

Thank you Mr. Lawson for your courage to protect the people.  We must all call our representatives and insist that they pass the tougher bill to protect us all.

God Bless you all,

John Radell

<Our Take>

First State News agrees with Mr. Radell.  This is just a clear case of playing partisan politics with a clear cut problem of the safety and security of Delaware residents.  Instead of moving quickly to address the violent attacks that occur during these home invasions, the Delaware General Assembly (currently led by the Delaware Democrat Party) and Delaware’s one party leadership has decided that since the initial, stronger and more effective proposal came from a Senate Republican, it’s simply not good enough and so they have decided to waste more time and endanger the lives of Delaware citizens.  When it comes to the safety and security of Delaware residents, it’s time to stop playing partisan politics.

<<Update>> 2 violent home invasions have taken place since Senator Lawson’s bill was submitted to the Senate Committee.  The Democrat leadership has willingly failed to protect 2 families from these crimes.  The Senate Committee responsible for this bill is the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The leaders of this committee, Senator Patricia Blevins, Senator Anthony DeLuca, Senator Harris McDowell and Senator Margaret Rose Henry have held up the bill since January 11th.  Delaware Residents should contact these legislators and voice their opinions.

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