Details are still emerging from a mass killing at a rail yard in San Jose that left at least nine people dead, but President Joe Biden is wasting no time calling on federal lawmakers to enact gun control.
“I have the solemn duty of yet again of ordering the flag to be lowered at half-staff, just weeks after doing so following the mass shootings at spas in and around Atlanta; in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado; at a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina; and at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana,” said Biden in a statement.
“Enough,” he continued. “Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America.”
The president did not say specifically what legislation he would like to see passed nor did he elaborate on how more gun control might have stopped the suspect in San Jose, a public transit employee, from perpetrating the attack on his coworkers.
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What is clear however is that when armed men showed up — law enforcement — the killer stopped the attack and took his own life.
“I know for sure that when the suspect knew the law enforcement was there, he took his own life, our deputies were right there at that time,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said, according to CNN.
We also know that California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, including a ban on modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, background checks on private transfers, a may-issue concealed carry standard, red flag protection orders, among many others.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom also addressed the incident, suggesting in a Wednesday press briefing that the country ought to curtail its 2A rights.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on San Jose shooting: "There's a numbness I imagine some of us are feeling, because there's a sameness to this. Anywhere, USA. It just feels like this happens over and over and over again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat." pic.twitter.com/QAiPU9NcC3— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 26, 2021
“What the hell is going on in the United States of America?” he asked. “When are we going to come to grips with this? When are we going to put down our arms – literally and figuratively – our politics, stale rhetoric, finger pointing, all the hand wringing, consternation that produces nothing except more fury and frustration… over and over and over again.”
Like President Biden, Gov. Newsom offered no specifics during his briefing.
But, at least one state lawmaker stepped in to offer a proposal. California Assemblyman Marc Levine tweeted at Newsom, asking him to back AB1223, a bill that would tax the sale of guns and ammo to “fund gun violence prevention.”
In the days to come, no doubt we’ll see more anti-gun politicians and activists using this tragedy to push their civil disarmament agenda. What they continually fail to realize, or deliberately ignore, is that taking guns away from good guys does not make bad guys harmless. In fact, it has the opposite effect. It gives bad guys more opportunities, more soft targets to exploit.
Armed resistance from capable men and women is the only surefire way to stop a mass killer. Until we come to terms with this fact, sadly we can expect to see more of the same.