California Governor Gavin Newsom has imposed a slate of new gun control laws, making his state the country’s most restrictive state for firearms. However, though it is top-ranked by gun-control advocates for its Draconian laws, the Golden State was the sight of four mass shootings in the three weeks, with three in the last four days.
Three weeks ago, five people were killed along with more injured at a Halloween house party in the bedroom community of Orinda. Last Thursday, a Saugus High School student in Santa Clarita shot five of his classmates, killing two, and then turned the gun on himself.Last Saturday, a murder-suicide shooting left five family members dead in San Diego. One day later, four people were killed and six wounded in Fresno when armed assailants fired into a gathering in the backyard of their home.
In the Santa Clarita incident, the shooter was 16 years old. In the state of California, 16-year-olds are not allowed to have a permit to buy guns or take them to school.
When it comes to murder-suicides, there is no law that could prevent such a
The latest gun-based laws enacted under Governor Newsome are:
- Ban gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
- Require “precursor parts” (unfinished lower receivers, barrels, and triggers) to be sent to a licensed dealer for background checks and fees to be assessed.
- Enact age-based gun bans for adults under the age of 21 who want to purchase center-fire rifles.
- Expand “red-flag” laws to allow school administrators, employers, and co-workers to petition courts to have firearms confiscated.
- Eliminate the state’s $100 cap for concealed-carry permits.
Law Enforcement Today notes:
In a state that has adopted so many laws and practices pertaining to putting an end to gun violence, you’d think that California would lead the country in diminishing gun-related deaths. Yet, that’s just not the case, and what’s adding fuel to the proverbial fire of the gun control debate is that California has been host three mass shootings in a span of just four days.
There can be no doubt these latest shootings will reignite the debate over gun control. Statistics show that Californians are less likely to be killed by guns than people in most other U.S. states. At the same time, three of the state’s cities are among the top 25 in the nation.
To quote LET: “Considering there’s a total of over 19,000 cities and towns in the United States, that’s not exactly a great claim to fame.”
Gun law advocates see things differently. The Gifford Law Center has given California an “A” for its laws. By comparison, Hawaii, New York, and Massachusetts were given an “A-.” Alaska, Alabama, Montana, and Louisiana all earned an “F”.
But, others argue the recent shootings prove how futile gun restrictions are while infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. The arms-rights group, Tuesday issued a statement saying:
With multiple mass shootings in gun-controlled California over the last few days, the truth about the effects of disarmament could not be more clear. Gun control … will always result in more criminality… not less.
Of course, the mainstream media will have nothing to say about that.