California School Shooting Leads to Renewed Demands for Assault Weapons Ban

On Thursday, two students were killed and another three injured, in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. The gunman has yet to be identified, but police say he was another student at the school and that he has been hospitalized after shooting himself in the head.

The shooting is shocking and tragic. The response from politicians is depressingly predictable: They claim that such shootings are common, they declare that new firearms laws are needed to prevent them from happening, and they don’t spend much time considering whether the laws they’re proposing would actually have prevented the crime. Former President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Kamala Harris both went on CNN to call for a ban on “assault weapons.” But the shooter used a .45 semi-automatic pistol, a weapon unlikely to be covered by even the broadest assault weapons ban.

A Los Angles Times editorial noted that the killer is 16 and then declared that “it’s not a leap to say that no 16-year-old should have ready access to a firearm outside the immediate supervision of an adult.” The fact that the minimum age to purchase a handgun in California is 21 didn’t warrant a mention.

Others said that “common sense” gun control legislation shouldn’t be a contentious political issue and ripped into Republicans, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) for making it one.

Others noted that some schools have reacted to mass

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