California Shootings Renew Debate on Gun Legislation Reform
Headlines returned to gun violence in America this week, as mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California left 18 people dead. As the families of the victims mourn, and law enforcement personnel search for motives to the attacks, the gun debate is again returning to opinion sections across the media spectrum.
Articles on the right have mostly refuted calls for gun law reform. An opinion article in the Washington Examiner questioned statements from lawmakers and gun control advocates following the attacks, which included demands for stricter gun legislation and a renewed call from President Biden to ban assault weapons. The article noted that California has stricter-than-average gun laws and pointed out the nondescript classification of ‘assault weapon’ to determine that “the only solutions Democrats and their gun control activist groups support are banning and confiscating more guns.”
Articles from the left have split between focusing on the communities impacted by the shootings, both of which were predominantly Asian, and calls for legislative action to curb gun violence in America. An opinion article in MSNBC lamented the added tragedy of the Monterey shooting taking place during Lunar New Year, “a time of celebration for Asians around the world.” The article called the shootings “a stark reminder of the real consequences of America’s gun crisis.” Citing data showing the U.S. to be a global outlier in gun violence, the article determined positive change to be possible, stating, “we do not have to live like this.”
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the LeftA beleaguered Asian community begins a new year in pain
Lunar New Year should be a time of celebration for Asians around the world. This year it was turned into a tragedy after America’s latest mass shooting took place Saturday night in Monterey Park, a strongly Asian American community in Los Angeles County, California. A gunman shot dozens of people in a ballroom on the eve of the New Year after a day of festivals in the city, killing 11 and injuring others, before later dying by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His motivation is still being investigated, but police have...
From the CenterCalifornia reels from back-to-back shootings that killed 18
A deadly gun rampage at northern California mushroom farms likely stemmed from a workplace grievance, authorities said on Tuesday, as new details emerged about the latest of two back-to-back mass shootings that claimed 18 lives in total.
In apparently unrelated acts of mass murder, 7 people were killed on Monday in an attack on farm workers, many of them immigrants, in the seaside town of Half Moon Bay near San Francisco while 11 people were shot to death on Saturday night at a Los Angeles-area dance hall frequented mostly by...
From the RightDemocrats and activists jump the gun on gun control again after Los Angeles County shooting
Gun control groups can never be bothered to wait for details when a high-profile shooting happens. In responding to the Monterey Park shooting in California , it appears they have once again jumped the gun.
A 72-year-old man is suspected of killing 10 and wounding 10 more at a Lunar New Year celebration. While authorities are still trying to nail down a motivation for the crime, gun control groups jumped feet-first into their typical gun control talking points. Giffords declared, “The Monterey Park community deserved better.” David Hogg declared that...
March 22nd, 2023
March 20th, 2023
Discuss & Debate violence in america
Introduction to Living Room ConversationsMarch 23 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET Living Room Conversations