It wasn’t all that long ago that I wrote about a shooting in Sacramento. That was a horrible tragedy, to say the least.
A month later, I have to do it all over again.
Over the weekend, six people were killed and at least a dozen others injured during what’s being termed as a mass shooting in Sacramento.
Sacramento police believe multiple shooters were involved in a mass shooting early Sunday in downtown Sacramento that killed six adults and left 12 other people injured.
Sacramento police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday afternoon that the shootings broke out after a large fight and killed three men and three women.
Nearby buildings were hit by gunfire and a stolen handgun was recovered at the scene, Lester said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom called the shooting “yet another horrendous act of gun violence” and said his administration was working with local and state law enforcement “as we monitor the situation.”
“What we do know at this point is that another mass casualty shooting has occurred, leaving families with lost loved ones, multiple individuals injured and a community in grief,” he said. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.”
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Lester said police were patrolling the area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered on the street.
“Officers began lifesaving measures to multiple victims on scene,” police said. “Despite these efforts, six victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Another 12 people had varying degrees of injuries, police said in an update after earlier saying 10 people were hurt. As of Sunday evening, KCRA 3 has learned that four of those people have life-threatening injuries.
Law enforcement has received several videos of the encounter and is asking for more.
Now, let’s talk a bit about why I phrased this as being termed a mass shooting. There’s no doubt that people died, but this spawned from a fight. It suggests that this may have been a case of two people shooting at one another and folks getting caught in the crossfire.
That’s generally not what most of us think of as a mass shooting, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.
One of the big takeaways is that a stolen gun was found at the scene, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about the efficacy of gun control laws.
That’s not going to stop the White House, though.
But we must do more than mourn; we must act. That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy — from standing up gun trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing.
We also continue to call on Congress to act. Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer. These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives.
Of course, at this point, we don’t know who the shooters are, what their motivation was, how all of the firearms were obtained, or anything like that. What we do know is that the one firearm recovered was a stolen gun.
However, this isn’t unusual for any anti-gun politician or activist. If there’s a mass shooting, they use it to push for their preferred legislation. They don’t care about whether those laws are applicable or not, they’re just using the bodies of the slain as a soapbox for their pet causes.
The president isn’t immune to this criticism, either. He’s doing the same thing and as such, he’s just as guilty.
We know remarkably little about what happened. We don’t know how the rest of the guns were obtained–or even really how many–so there’s no reason to even suspect laws might have done anything. Biden includes “ghost guns” in his plan, but we don’t know if an unserialized firearm was used. The presser mentions magazine restrictions, but California already has them in place. As such, there’s little reason to believe new laws are remotely applicable.
But for anti-Second Amendment jihadists, that doesn’t matter. All that matters to them is that there’s an opportunity to take a tragic event and twist it to their own purposes.