Another tragic shooting near an elementary school in Northern California was brought to a quick end by good guys with guns – in this case police officers – and now gun rights activists are wondering how long it will take for the gun prohibition lobby to use the incident to push its agenda.
At least four people were killed, and Fox News is reporting that two school children were wounded. Initial reports said two youngsters had been killed, but that has been corrected.
Already, anti-gun U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has sought to ban so-called “assault weapons,” posted a statement on Twitter; “Another heartbreaking shooting, this time in Rancho Tehama, California. When will this stop and how can we stop it?”
Law enforcement is releasing few details, although it is known that a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns have been recovered. The shooter, at this report, had not been identified, but one published report talked with a neighbor of the suspect who described him as acting “crazy” and firing off multiple rounds.
California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, especially that apply to semi-auto rifles. It was not immediately clear what the motive for the shooting might have been, but several people were also wounded and transported to area hospitals.
There are reportedly several crime scenes that are being processed.
The community is about 130 miles north from Sacramento in Tehama County. It is located about 15 miles southwest from Red Bluff and west of Corning.
In recent years, California lawmakers have increasingly tightened up the state’s gun laws. However, those restrictions didn’t prevent this incident, which began at about 8 a.m.
Ironically, on Oct. 2, the Los Angeles Times quoted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an anti-gun liberal Democrat, who challenged other states’ legislatures “to look closely at the work we’ve accomplished here, through the Legislature and the ballot box, and act.” Newsom is looking to become the Golden State’s next governor.
Earlier high-profile shooting incidents also have not been prevented by the state’s tough gun laws. The San Bernardino terrorist attack would be high on that list, and the Santa Barbara spree killings in which three people were fatally stabbed and three others were killed by gunfire were also considered by Second Amendment activists as gun control failures.