The Italian celebrity model and actor Fabio Lanzoni spoke out about California’s Proposition 57, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016. Opponents of the legislation claimed that the resulting guidelines for prison time will release potentially dangerous criminals due to misclassifications of non-violent crimes. Lanzoni, who is better known solely by his first name, “He is releasing tens of thousands of criminals back in the streets and also he lowered the crime into misdemeanor.” He said that “cops are very demoralized.”
In addition, Lanzoni said he fears the application of further restrictions on firearms. “Everybody comes here because of the American dream,” Fabio said during an interview this week on Fox Business’s “Varney & Co.” In a reference to Germany’s National Socialist government, he noted that disarmament of the civilian population was coupled with totalitarian government and the Holocaust. “Look what happened to Nazi Germany,” Lanzoni said. “They took away all the guns from people and you see what happened.”
Comparing violence in Europe to the United States, Lanzoni said, “Police [in Europe] have handguns [and] the bad guys, they have rocket launchers, RPG, [and] hand grenades.” Warning that gun restrictions may bring to America what Europe is facing, Lanzoni said, “You saw it happen to Europe, the politicians in Europe.” Lanzoni said, “They neuter the law enforcement and now they have to be shot before they can even return the fire … you don’t want this movie coming to a theater near you.”
According to opponents of Proposition 57, which was opposed by law enforcement groups of California, the following is a partial list of crimes deemed “non-violent” and thus made convicts eligible for early parole and release:
• Rape by intoxication • Rape of an unconscious person • Human Trafficking involving sex act with minors • Drive‐by shooting • Assault with a deadly weapon • Hostage taking • Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school • Domestic violence involving trauma • Supplying a firearm to a gang member • Hate crime causing physical injury • Failing to register as a sex offender • Arson • Discharging a firearm on school grounds • Lewd acts against a child 14 or 15 • False imprisonment of an elder through violence.
According to Martin Halloran, George Hofstetter, and Stephen Wagstaffe (presidents, respectively, of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and California District Attorneys Association, Prop. 57 authorizes the state government to reduce many sentences for "good behavior," even for inmates convicted of murder, rape, child molestation and human trafficking. The wrote that Prop. 57 “will likely result in higher crime rates as at least 16,000 dangerous criminals, including those previously convicted of murder and rape, would be eligible for early release.” They added, “Prop. 57 places all these new privileges and rights for convicted criminals into the California Constitution, where they cannot be changed by the Legislature.”