Gov. Newsom Blames Sacramento Mass Shooting on Guns

A horrific mass shooting in downtown Sacramento during Sunday’s early morning hours left six people dead and another dozen hospitalized. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in the city’s history, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called it “yet another horrendous act of gun violence.”

Newsome added that “the scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.” The parade of political figures calling for gun control, without confirmation of even what was used in the attack, hardly stopped there.

President Joe Biden said the incident adds Sacramento to the growing list of communities devastated by gun violence and demanded increased gun control measures. In a statement, the president called for actions ranging from banning high capacity magazines and repealing gun manufacturer’s immunity to passing his budget proposal to give cities more funding.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg declared it is past time for a “sane conversation about guns in America.” The mayor stressed efforts made by the city in youth and gang intervention but said more needs to be done.

Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester said investigators are still trying to identify the perpetrators. “We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shootings. And we have confirmed that there are multiple shooters.” Audio from social media posts indicates more than 70 shots were fired.

Multiple videos on social media show an altercation before the tragic shooting, which took place around 2 a.m. The dead include three women and three men, and local reports say four others who are hospitalized have life-threatening injuries.

A stolen gun was recovered at the scene, but there are very few details being released about the types of weapons used or possible suspects.

The Sunday morning tragedy marks the worst mass shooting in the United States this year and happened mere blocks from the state Capitol where perhaps the toughest gun control laws in the nation have been written.

And therein lies the problem.

California has already banned high-capacity magazines and gone after so-called “assault weapons,” residents must pass background checks to purchase a gun and ammunition, and it is illegal to have ammo or “ghost” gun parts shipped to your home. The knee jerk reaction continues to be to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, because after all, it is clear that criminals are not going to obey the law. And it doesn’t matter how much gun control legislation gets passed.