NEWSWEEK.COM July 29, 2019 – Calls for stronger gun
control laws in the U.S. have flooded social media after three people were
killed and at least 15 others injured in a mass shooting at a food festival in
Gilroy Garlic Festival had been about to draw to a close on Sunday night when a
gunman opened fire on festivalgoers.
shot the gunman dead shortly after he began firing. However, as of late Sunday
evening, police were investigating reports that a second suspect could still be
the incident posted to social media shows festivalgoers running away from the
scene, as a woman in the video can be heard asking: “What’s going
on…Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”
statement, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the incident was “nothing
short of horrific,” while President Donald Trump took to Twitter to urge
people to “be careful and safe.”
under the hashtag #GunControlNow, many, however, argued that if U.S. leadership
really wanted to keep citizens safe, it would focus on tightening gun regulations.
heart breaks for all of our Bay Area neighbors who attended the Gilroy Garlic
Festival, wrote Democratic California Representative Eric Swalwell in a tweet.
“We need gun reform and we need it now,” he said.
however, questioned how the shooting could have happened in a state that
already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
California already had tight gun laws in place, this year, a number of new
restrictions have also gone into effect, including one measure requiring
additional background checks ahead of ammunition purchases and another barring
people under the age of 21 from purchasing firearms.
it was a gun-free zone, how did they have a gun?” one social media user
questioned. “The law says no guns…”
Others took a stronger tack, asserting that Sunday’s shooting was a sign that gun control legislation doesn’t work. [Read More]