San Jose mass shooting: VTA killer evaded California’s tough gun laws

San Jose mass shooting: VTA killer evaded California’s tough gun laws

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MAY 26: A light rail sits outside of the Valley Transportation Authority’s light rail facility following a mass shooting in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) The smoke had barely cleared after Wednesday’s deadly rampage by a disgruntled maintenance worker at a San Jose light rail yard when it became the focus of the nation’s fevered debate over gun laws. The Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting prompted President Joe Biden to urge Congress to “help end this epidemic of gun violence in America.” Gov. Gavin Newsom visited the scene and recalled another mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2019. Advocates for stricter gun laws argued that this latest in a series of mass shootings nationally is proof of the need for more federal laws. But the massacre of nine workers at Valley Transportation Authority’s maintenance yard also unfolded in a state that has enacted the most extensive restrictions on firearm ownership in the country, prompting gun-rights advocates to declare them not only ineffective but counterproductive. “California’s ‘no gun’ policies were completely ignored by the killer,” said Aidan Johnston, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America. “Did that stop the mass murderer? No. Did it leave law-abiding citizens defenseless? Yes.” While the investigation continues to unfold, new details Thursday made clear several of the state’s gun laws failed to stop the bloodshed. Law enforcement authorities said that the gunman, Samuel Cassidy, used three semi-automatic […]

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