Following the latest mass shooting, which left 10 dead near Los Angeles, California, over the weekend, gun control activists resurrected the familiar refrain that more restrictions would prevent such acts of violence.
A review of where the deadliest mass shootings of the post-COVID era took place, however, suggests that putting new laws on the books does little, if anything, to protect the public from murderers intent on carrying out a massacre.
Four out of five of the shootings that have claimed the most lives since 2020 occurred in states with some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. In fact, all but Texas, which was the location of the deadliest shooting on the list, happened in states with a B rating or higher by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
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That group includes two shootings in California, one in New York, and one in Colorado. California was also the location of another mass shooting that ranked among the 10 deadliest during the same period despite the fact that it has an A rating from the advocacy group and bans firearm magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Three of the 10 deadliest shootings occurred in states — Texas, Georgia, and Alabama — that have received an F rating from the Giffords Law Center.
Of course, none of those facts have prevented gun control advocates from insisting that the latest shooting is yet more proof that various proposed restrictions should be implemented nationwide.
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who represents the district where the Monterey Park shooting occurred on Saturday, used the opportunity to urge lawmakers to “take actions to make sure that people are safe in America.”
She sits on the House gun safety caucus and asserted that bills introduced by the group should have been advanced “a long time ago.”
Calling for the U.S. to emulate nations without a constitutional right to bear arms, Chu said: “We know there are concrete, common sense steps that we can take to stop all this terrible and senseless violence. Why do we have so many guns in this country and even more on the horizon? It’s not right. Other countries don’t operate this way, and we should not either.”