Gun control activists will invariably use a situation like what happened in Sacramento as an opportunity to push their anti-Second Amendment agenda. It’s simply what they do and we expect them to do so.
Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr is a gun control advocate. He’s pontificated on his support for gun control before.
Now, in the wake of the shooting in Sacramento, he’s at it again.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called on lawmakers to take action after a shooting in Sacramento left six dead and about a dozen wounded.
Kerr made his remarks after the Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 109-90 on Sunday night. A moment of silence was held for the victims of the shooting, which took place blocks away from the Golden 1 Center. Police said at least two shooters were involved.
“I don’t think moments of silence are going to do anything,” Kerr said in his postgame press conference. “At some point … our government has to decide are we going to have some common sense gun laws, it’s not going to solve everything, but it will save lives.
“Despite the fact that 80 to 90% of Americans support background checks and you know, you think about all of the common sense laws we could and should put in place.”
Except for a couple of things.
One is the fact that background checks aren’t going to do anything when we know one of the guns was stolen. The last time I checked, gun thieves and those they sell to don’t do background checks. Additionally, California already has universal background checks. Clearly, they didn’t help.
Additionally, the polling numbers Kerr cited are from 2018. Four years is a long time in public opinion. We’ve seen numerous polls where the public has expressed their support for not passing new gun control laws.
Kerr needs to read a little more broadly before trying to spout data.
See, the problem with Kerr’s comments is that California has just about everything he and his side of this debate want. They’re pretty much all on the books, and this is the second shooting in just over a month in that state’s capital.
I mean, it’s starting to look an awful lot like gun control doesn’t work worth a damn.
While Kerr is claiming more needs to be done, he can’t illustrate just what new laws need to be passed beyond what California has already tried and clearly did bupkis. No, thoughts and prayers won’t make the problem go away, but clearly, gun control won’t either.
So what will?
To start with, it’s probably a good idea to find out just what the hell happened. It looks to me like the shooting was between two people–people who likely cannot be legally armed–who got into an argument and started shooting. That suggests this may be gang-related. If not, it probably involves a similar culture.
That gives us a point to focus on and address head-on. It gives us a place we can start working so that our society can prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
Gun Control, though, ain’t going to cut it regardless of what Kerr seems to think.