Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 915and SB 1384 off of the Senate Floor. The two bills come on the heels of a mass shooting in Laguna Woods where a gunman targeted a church full of Taiwanese parishioners, killing one and leaving five individuals critically injured.
In the days since the Laguna Woods shooting, there have been 10 mass shootings throughout the United States in just nine days. The latest shooting today at Robb Elementary School in Texas, that claimed the lives of 14 children and one teacher, marks the tenth mass shooting since the violence in Laguna Woods.
“I am heartbroken and outraged to learn that there was yet another mass shooting today, this one at an elementary school,” said Senator Dave Min. “This is the 212th mass shooting in 2022, and the 10th mass shooting since the one that occurred at a church in my district just nine days ago. Our churches, our schools, our grocery stores, our salons, our homes, our streets… whether in Buffalo, New York, or Ulvade, Texas, or Laguna Woods, CA, there is no place in this country that is safe from the threat of gun violence.
The time for thoughts and prayers has long passed. It is time to take a stand against the empty words, broken promises, and tired rhetoric with real solutions to this crisis. The United States is the only developed country in the world that has anything close to this level of gun violence, and yet large swaths of our population have bought into the truly insane talking point that the answer to our gun violence epidemic is more guns. The facts are clear. More guns mean more gun violence. That is why I introduced SB 915 and SB 1384, and I am proud that California is serious about reforms that will try and address these endless nightmares.”
SB 915 would prohibit the sale of firearms or ammunition on state property and SB 1384 would enact stricter oversight and business practices for federally licensed firearm dealers. Both measures seek to prevent illicit gun sales and reduce the scourge of gun violence on communities. Both measures are now in the Assembly waiting for further consideration.
This year, the Gun Violence Archive has counted 212 mass shootings in cities throughout the United States to date.