Could VTA Shooting Have Been Prevented? Gun Violence Restraining Orders Increase in California

Could VTA Shooting Have Been Prevented? Gun Violence Restraining Orders Increase in California

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — As the shock wears off and the long road of healing begins for victims of the Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting, questions arise. Were there any signs that VTA technician Samuel Cassidy was planning the attack? Could it have been prevented? So far, investigators aren’t commenting. But experts say many California workers don’t know there’s a law on the books that can help protect them, if they feel threatened. READ MORE: Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill that became one of the nation’s first gun violence restraining laws in 2016 following a mass shooting and stabbing in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara that left six people dead. “It’s not a panacea by any means, but it’s a sensible tool to really prevent some of these mass incidents from happening,” said Ting. The law allowed law enforcement and family members to temporarily take guns away from dangerous people. Then came the deadly workplace shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco that left three co-workers and the gunman dead, followed by the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 in Florida. The massacres prompted Ting to push for an expansion of the law. “I really wanted to have a situation where teachers and principals and employers and coworkers could really do something to defend themselves,” Ting told KPIX 5. Now co-workers and school employees can also file a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) directly in civil court, much like a domestic violence restraining order. […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.