July 30, 2019

AND A RETURN TO ORIGINALISM:

State gun laws aren't enough (Joel Mathis, July 30, 2019. tHE wEEK)

If there is going to be a solution to the problem of mass gun violence in America, it is going to have to come from the federal government. The states cannot save us, no matter how nobly they try.

That seems to be the prime policy lesson of the mass shooting horror that took place Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. A 19-year-old man besotted with white supremacy and armed with an assault rifle opened fire, killing three people -- including a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation -- including an assault weapons ban -- but that didn't matter. Just weeks before Sunday's massacre, the shooter bought his semiautomatic rifle in neighboring Nevada, where the gun remains legal. A 2017 study revealed that, in the weeks after gun shows are held in Nevada, gun-related deaths and injuries in California jump 70 percent.

That isn't a problem California can solve on its own.

Posted by at July 30, 2019 5:11 PM

  

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