In California, firearms are illegal

When another murder struck America at the end of May in Uvalde, Texas, Lance Dominguez, a tax expert in California, was shocked. It’s just one murder, it’s horrible. But when he saw parents on television eagerly awaiting news of their children, parents in a state of panic, he imagined himself in their place. She is only 40 years old and has three children. He decided to do it. He joined March for Our Lives, the group formed by survivors of the 2018 Parkland High School shooting in Florida.

A few weeks later, on June 11th, Lance led the first March for Our Lives in Manhattan Beach. Talk to local authorities? Raising money? Say from a podium? He didn’t do that. But he learned quickly. The exhibition gathered hundreds of people. It means a lot to me, because of my children, Lance Dominguez explained. Just because California is safer doesn’t mean something shouldn’t be done.»

Gun deaths are below the national average

Because in terms of cooperation, California is a good student in the United States. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal health agency, the western state has one of the lowest death rates in the country: 8.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2020, which is the 44th place (from 50). That’s less than Mississippi (28) or Louisiana (26), and below the national average (13).

California (39 million people, more than 420,000 km2) is not Switzerland or Liechtenstein. Angry, hot, very hot, it is not a haven of peace. He suffered a fatality every … eight days, according to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), an independent research center. In April, six people died in Sacramento, the capital, in a shooting. Every year, Californians fall to about fifty, weapons are freely released to the public. Larger, but smaller than other parts of the country: 1.4 per million population, compared to the national average of 1.9»according to PPIC.

However, that is not the case in California. The west coast is still breathing in the direction of flower power, but it does not mean that the history of the West, the history of Winchester. The state has a large rural area where you should not be afraid to draw, whether it is hunting or shooting. Isn’t the Orange County Airport, south of Los Angeles, named after Hollywood actor John Wayne?

A huge improvement from the mid-1990s

“During the 1980s and early 1990s, California was better than the national average for gun deaths. recalls Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Program at the University of California at Davis, near Sacramento.. In 1993, the death rate was 17.5 per 100,000 people, compared to 14.7 in the rest of the country. Since then, gun deaths in the U.S. have declined slightly… but have fallen in California! »

At the root of this evolution, there was a shooting at a school in Stockton, in 1989, one of the first of this kind, blindly, without reason. Five people, 6 to 9 years old, died, and about thirty were injured. Less than a year later, a law came into effect banning rifles, the type of weapon used by the killer. It’s still there now.

At CAP Tactical Firearms, a Los Angeles-based firearms store, amazing firearms, like the one that Uvalde is bound for, sell well. But in California, they are different», describe one of the two products. He shows the magazine, limited to ten bullets. Some other features put in place by Sacramento limit the reach of these weapons.

There are no Assault Rifle Regulations in California

In California, the sale of rifles is not prohibited, but so are theirs. This is somewhat misleading: the state borders Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. So you can take your car, go to the desert and come home with big guns. It’s illegal, but not impossible. Laws should not be analyzed separately, Garen Wintemute believed. No one offers an official solution. But they are all put together… it works!»

Among the other rules (verification of the client’s psychiatric precedents, no sales for people under 21, etc.), two are very important. The first is simple – anyone who wants to get a gun, must wait ten days before getting it, to avoid buying and doing things with anger.

The “red flag” law, is progressive

The second is more difficult, but the wind is in its sails: the law red flag (red flag). California was one of the first states to adopt this tool, in 2016. It allows families, teachers or colleagues to report a person with a sense of danger, indicating a danger to they eat their environment. Then the judge can order the iron, for the specified time, to the weapons of the person, the time to solve the problem.

This kind of law, in force, in different ways, in 19 states, the better the better because in many cases, the shooters boast of their opinion on social networks before the strike. According to a study by the Crime Prevention Program, this law, in the three years of its implementation in the Golden State, was able to destroy 58 people at a time. In 12 of these cases, a school was decided.

“California is not the most secure state. Especially for having handguns, said Franklin Zimring, a law professor at the University of Berkeley and an expert on violence and crime. But it is a well organized state. So if he wants to post something, he does it well. It is difficult to walk between the drops.»

Amid the never-ending gun debate, the West Coast’s largest state wants to position itself as a model. Its Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, who has national interests, opposes it in the pro-gun lobby, saying so repeatedly. Guns don’t kill, men do», and enforcing the law won’t solve anything. So far, however, his arguments have not been enough to persuade Congress in Washington to follow Sacramento’s lead.

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Assault rifles have earned over a billion dollars over the past decade

Top quality US handcrafts made more than a billion dollars in ten years selling rifles.

The main manufacturer of AR-15, Ruger has doubled its profits between 2020 and 2021.

Representative Room should vote in the next few days to ban assault rifles. Unless there is a major surprise, then the legislation will fall to the Senate, where it needs the support of ten Republicans.

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