Daughter of stray bullet victim wants more gun control...in Oakland

Daughter of stray bullet victim wants more gun control...in Oakland
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Stray bullets are awful. The travel until they run out of energy or they hit something. If we’re all very lucky, what they hit is a wall or a tree or something. If not, they may hit a person.


That’s apparently what happened to one Oakland woman. Now, her daughter is calling for more gun control.

A woman was hit several times by stray bullets while she was asleep in her Oakland, California, home last month.

The woman in her 60s was sleeping alongside her husband in their Little Saigon residence at the 1100 block of 10th Avenue when was shot three times shortly before 5 a.m. on Aug. 17, reported ABC7.

Officers responded to the scene and recovered multiple shell casings. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she is now listed in stable condition.

Roxana has called for change to gun laws and says she hopes the Oakland police will provide their family with an update soon.

“It’s yet another tragedy and another indication that we need to get guns off the street. We need to do everything possible to reduce the level of gun violence,” Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas told KTVU.

Now, the report doesn’t say anything about specific measures the daughter wants to see enacted, so I’m not sure if she mentioned any or not. I’m curious, though, just what she thinks will do what California’s legion of gun control laws currently don’t.


I mean, while we don’t know who fired the shot, it’s unlikely it was some law-abiding citizen performing some lawful action. Oh, if we were talking about the outskirts or something a bit more rural, I could believe that it might be the result of someone target practicing and not being aware of everything like the elevation and angles of where they were shooting and they failed to provide any kind of a backstop.

Careless, but possible.

But in the middle of Oakland? Yeah, doubtful.

So, what’s more likely is that one of Oakland’s less law-abiding citizens popped off a couple of shots without any care as to where the bullets would land and that is what eventually struck the sleeping woman.

Yet California already has universal background checks, background checks on ammunition, magazine restrictions, restrictions on certain kinds of firearms, registration of certain kinds of firearms, red flag laws, and a host of other gun control laws already on the books.

So, what else?

Just what law will finally end this scourge of violence?

I ask because it’s clear that all of the other laws California’s gun control advocates wanted didn’t do the trick, so what law will suddenly do what all those other laws have failed to do?


Don’t worry, because I already know the answer. There’s not one.

There’s no gun control law that could have stopped it. That’s because the kind of people who pulled that trigger don’t care about little things like laws. They’re going to do what they want to do and damn the consequences.

After all, they’re not going to be paying them–at least, that’s what they all think.

So I get the daughter wanting to do something, but there’s not much she can do that will make a difference on this, I’m afraid.

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