On July 30th 2019, a 19-year-old brought a semiautomatic rifle to a local Santa Clara food festival. Despite festival’s security shooting at him in “less than a minute”, according to a witness, the gunman ended the lives of 3 people, including 2 children.
The military-style semiautomatic rifle used was purchased legally in Nevada on July 9th. (Los Angeles Times)
This tragedy was allowed because a 19-year-old boy was able to acquire a weapon of mass destruction.
This should come as no surprise.
In December of 2018, Everytown for Gun Safety released a report analyzing mass shootings in the United States that took place from January 2009 to December 2017. In it, they concluded:
In over one-third of mass shootings, it was illegal for the shooter to have the firearm.
The use of high-capacity magazines in mass shootings resulted in about 14 times as many injuries as those that did not.
In plain terms:
When gunmen use high-capacity firearms, they’re able to hurt a lot of people (what an understatement)— and even when these fire-arms are illegal, people are still getting their hands on them.
The shooting in Gilroy California was tragic. It was also preventable. These horrible shootings will not stop until we commit to keeping these weapons out of dangerous hands. We need to do better.