Appearing on Newsmax’s “Saturday Agenda,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asserted that his state has made it “legal” and “safe” to be homeless, and called out California for essentially legalizing petty crime and drug use.
“California has quit trying people for petty crime,” the California Republican said. “So, if you’re living on the street, stealing for a living, or even just grabbing people’s products from their backyards to add to your home — your quote home — California makes it impossible… [for] law enforcement to get any kind of prosecution, so this is a safe place to be homeless; this is a legal place to be homeless; and this is a place where you can pick the nicest backyard to camp in.”
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“And oh, by the way, you can take their barbecue grill to make your dinner in their backyard, and you won’t be prosecuted. And you know if you do that, you’re going to get more homelessness, and oh, by the way, if you don’t deal with the drug problem, you’re going to get people who are perpetually homeless since more than 75% of all homeless are under current addiction,” Issa added.
According to reporting from the East Bay Times, in a desperate attempt to cut down on the open drug use on the streets of California, Senate Bill 57 recently passed in the California state legislature. It is now headed to the desk of the state’s radical progressive governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom.
The bill would “allow the two Bay Area cities and Los Angeles to open the experimental facilities where users can consume illicit drugs supervised by people trained to reverse an overdose. Users would bring their own drugs but would be provided with clean supplies, such as needles.”
While advocates claim that these facilities help addicts, many individuals who have experienced addiction know that enabling addicts and providing them with a safety net will only exacerbate the problem. On top of that, it is likely that a lot of addicts won’t even use these facilities, as they either won’t feel comfortable doing drugs in a medical facility, or it will take away from the “experience.”
Regardless, this won’t actually do anything to solve the problem of homeless people and addicts taking over the streets of California. While they may enter the facility to do their drugs, they will still be homeless and addicted at the end of the day. It may even attract more homeless addicts to the area, which could be a significant problem for the state that already has the highest number of homeless people in the country.
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “on a Single Night in January 2020,” California “accounted for more than half of all unsheltered people in the country — 51% or 113,660 people. This is nearly nine times the number of unsheltered people in the state with the next highest number, Texas.”