“El efecto de Trump” : did it have a hand in Kathryn Steinle’s murder (and just how deep does this onion run)?

I was fiddling with my tin foil hat recently after details surfaced of Kathryn Steinle’s murder allegedly at the hands of 5-time Mexican deportee, Francisco Sanchez.

If you read between the lines of my Independence Day post concerning the incident, you will note my barely suppressed tone of mockery in relating the narrative that this drug-dealing, brain-fried hoodlum should suddenly see fit to escalate his insignificant middling criminal enterprise into full-fledged murder.

But still, it was only a vague sense of cynicism that prevented me from embracing the narrative fully and longingly, as many of those Trump henchmen who surfaced after Steinle’s tragic murder did.

Something just didn’t seem very cut-and-dried about this odd event. Whatever. I was ready to move on.

And then this ridiculousness rekindled my skepticism again today.

The gun used in the slaying of a woman on a popular San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, law enforcement sources told NBC Bay Area Tuesday.
A law enforcement official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press a police check of the weapon’s serial number showed it belonged to a federal agent. The official declined to elaborate further.

And from this report:

He told two television stations who interviewed him in jail that he found the gun used in Steinle’s killing wrapped in a shirt on the pedestrian pier she was walking on. Sanchez said the gun went off in his hands, and his public defender, Matt Gonzalez, said Tuesday that the San Francisco woman’s death appeared accidental.

One more tidbit from ABC:

Earlier this week, Sanchez told ABC station KGO-TV in a jailhouse interview that he started wandering on Pier 14 Wednesday after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. He said he then picked up a gun that he found and it went off.

Translations of Sanchez’ account are muddled and confusing, a frustration not helped by his uneducated lack of articulation. Much of what he says, or is supposed to have said, seems dubious at best, but one fact is incontrovertible: the serial number on the gun Sanchez is alleged to have shot Steinle with belonged to a United States Federal agent. Let that sink in. A lost service gun belonging, in some haphazard way, to the U.S. Feds, is involved in a high profile random murder in San Francisco at the hands of a drug-addled illiterate peasant from Mexico. A career criminal whose investment in law-breaking involved drug manufacture and sale, and maybe possession. This simpleton is a cold-blooded killer; he finally came into his own at age 45.

Francisco Sanchez
Francisco Sanchez

Hasn’t history shown us how badly things turn out when American guns fall into the hands of Mexicans?

Bear with me:

June 16: Donald Trump, announcing his 2016 Presidential candidacy, implies that illegal immigrants from Mexico are rapists, among other unsavory traits.

June 16-17: Trump’s statement is splashed across the Spanish press. Mexican indignation is remarkable considering it takes quite a bit to elicit such collective anger and action from Mexicans over a common perceived offense.

June 19: The Donald Trump piƱata hits the streets. Mexican anger spills over across all media and everyone and their hermano is now boycotting every event that has the faintest scent of Trump.

July 1: Francisco Sanchez allegedly guns down Kathryn Steinle with a gun he found outside of San Francisco’s Pier 14 and Ferry Building.

What am I implying? I don’t know.

I will say that first and foremost, Francisco Sanchez is accused of gunning down an innocent woman. This is something he has confessed to (in the television interview). If convicted, he should be punished to the full extent of the law. He, and no one else, committed this crime, and we must absolutely, as a society, scrutinize our immigration laws and enforcement. This is not an apologist piece. As I noted in my July 4th post, I actually believe Donald Trump is generally accurate in his statements, if one bothers to read them carefully.

However, there is another layer shrouding this incident and I just don’t know what it is.

There are machinations at play and the rudimentary facts are difficult to discount unless you are so captivated by the immigration debate that the nuance of circumstance has no effect on your analytical assessment.

As I said, American guns have a way of falling into the wrong Mexican hands, and once there, also have a way of continually effecting their murderous mayhem with a vengeance.

I don’t believe this incident was precipitated by Americans. Many “organized crime groups” in Mexico are politicized, militarized and are very nationalistic. Trump’s words were a severe affront to many sensibilities south of the border, evidenced by the very rare backlash that attended what was really just a normal insult leveled against Mexicans. I also don’t believe these same Mexican “organized crime groups” will work overtime in order to avoid the glare of speculation; to do so would disguise the message they are intending to send to Donald Trump for his theatrical buffoonery.