In the wake of the San Bernardino tragedy, several writers have asked for “common sense” gun laws. Before we add more laws to the books, perhaps a quick fact check would be in order:
Fact: Both rifles used in the attack were modified to accommodate detachable magazines, which is illegal in California.
Fact: Modifications designed to make one of the rifles fire in fully-automatic mode are illegal.
Fact: The detachable high-capacity magazines used in both rifles are illegal in California.
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Fact: Both handguns were obtained illegally.
Fact: There is no statistical correlation between strict gun laws and homicide rates. States with the strictest laws (e.g., Maryland) have some of the highest homicide rates.
Fact: The gun used by Jaylen Fryberg at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was purchased illegally by his father.
Fact: 20 percent more people are killed in drunk-driving accidents than by firearms. Perhaps we need more DUI laws?
The answer to preventing more shooting tragedies is not more legislation. The answer is devoting more resources to law enforcement and anti-terrorism.