Exploiting the Sacramento Shooting to Push Gun Control Won’t Work

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Another high-profile mass shooting has occurred and, as usual, Democrats couldn’t wait to exploit the tragedy to push new gun control measures. It’s a scenario the nation has seen over and over again. However, this time, it is even less likely to work.

KCRA reported that police believe “multiple shooters were involved” in the shooting that occurred early on Sunday in downtown Sacramento. The assailants killed six adults and injured 12 people. Sacramento police chief Kathy Lester said the shooting happened after a large fight.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stopped just short of outright calling for more gun legislation as he condemned “yet another horrendous act of gun violence.”

“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.”

President Joe Biden issued a statement on Sunday in which he called for Congress to pass more restrictions on firearms.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” the president said. “In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.”

“I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives,” Biden continued. “We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines.”

Biden then insisted that Congress pass legislation to further restrict legal gun ownership:

“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.”

Biden wasn’t the only Democrat to exploit the tragedy. Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted:

The shooting in Sacramento this weekend isn’t an isolated event.

It’s the latest in an epidemic of gun violence that continues to plague our country.

Enough is enough.

Congress knows what steps must be taken to stop these mass shootings, we just have to act.

San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin also chimed in:

Gun violence is impacting far too many Californians. My heart goes out to the victims of the shootings in Sacramento as well as those in SF earlier this weekend.

We must do everything we can to get guns off the streets before more lives are lost.

You know what was missing from each of the Democrats’ statements in favor of gun control? You guessed it. Not a single one explained how their proposed anti-gun legislation would have stopped the shooting. Indeed, police stated that at least one of the guns used in the shooting was obtained illegally.

Banning ghost guns and universal background checks would have done precisely nothing to safeguard those who lost their lives in this senseless shooting and the left knows it. Nevertheless, they seek to punish responsible Americans who wish to own and carry firearms and make them less safe.

It ain’t gonna work.

Americans are buying guns at record rates and there is nothing the anti-gun crowd can do about it. Nobody is buying the notion that more gun laws would decrease violence. A Gallup poll released last November showed that support for stricter gun control laws has fallen drastically. More people are realizing the government cannot protect people from imminent threats. They are seeing that more gun control just makes it harder for responsible people to defend themselves and easier for violent criminals to carry out their crimes.

At this point, it is safe to assume that the gun control lobby has much to fear as more states are rejecting harsher anti-gun laws.


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