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California gun violence calls for legal restrictions

Gia Nguyen

Every American has the right to possess guns for personal safety and protection, granted by the Second Amendment. However, this freedom functions counterproductively, as it also strips Americans of the right to live in a safe environment. As gun violence increases daily and news of lives lost to bullets spreads across the country, the government must give attention to this widespread issue and encourage, rather than inhibit, states from operating their own gun policies. 

A California law banning people from carrying firearms in 26 public places was once again blocked on Jan. 6 by a federal appeals court. The motion reinforced the initial ruling on Dec. 20, as the California Rifle and Pistol Association sued the California government for defying the Second Amendment. Meanwhile, data from the Gun Violence Archives quantifies that on average, a mass shooting occurs every 8.3 days in California.

The blocked law is Senate Bill 2: a new California state law temporarily put into action on Jan. 1, setting restrictions on public gun possession. With the law in place, Californians were banned from bearing arms in “sensitive places,” including parks, hospitals, houses of worship, and other public areas. Gun rights activists filed a lawsuit against the government for its unconstitutionality. 

While the Second Amendment was established for the safety and security of Americans, it is exploited to commit excessive violence. Though there are a few California laws that attempt to regulate gun possession, the lack of specificity and stringency neglects the hundreds of thousands whose lives could be spared with clearer gun limits in place. 

Countries like Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada currently have up-to-date regulations on gun ownership; as a result, they have significantly lower gun violence rates compared to those of the United States. For instance, Business Insider reports that in 2011, the U.K. had 0.07 gun homicides for every 100,000 people, while the U.S. had 3 gun homicides for every 100,000. By setting clear regulations on gun possession without stripping individuals of the free right to bear arms, historical and modern-day circumstances would meet a point of cooperation.

Though California is currently considered a “leader” in gun control with one of the lowest gun violence rates in the U.S., each legal negation, such as the blocking of Senate Bill 2, moves the state one step backwards from reaching their safety goals. Conversely, each action taken to prevent these dangers will bring America one step closer to a society free of unjust death by bullets. 

Modern America is accustomed to daily news of shootings and gun fatalities that citizens commonly fail to recognize the magnitude of the situation: the amount of lives lost or put into total jeopardy. While the U.S. Constitution is crucial to maintaining order in the U.S., authorities must make compromises to reconcile with today’s societal issues.

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About the Contributors
Celine Park
Celine Park, Staff Writer
Celine is a freshman staff writer and is eager to learn more about the world through participating in the Gamut. Encouraged by the Mrs. Galvan to join the paper, it’s no secret Celine is a terrific writer, and she even plans to pursue journalism to some capacity in the future. Furthermore, she is a diehard fan of Taylor Swift and has been ever since 3rd grade. And, of course, Celine went to the Eras tour, thoroughly enjoying it to the point she started sobbing. Although Celine has a great taste in music, she also has pretty controversial and (objectively, if you will) bad takes, despising both pickles and dark chocolate. As for her bucket list, she hopes to befriend everyone in her grade (Class of ‘27 is not ready for her.) and, of course, take a photo with Taylor Swift.
Gia Nguyen
Gia Nguyen, Assistant Art/Layout/Web Content Editor

Serving his second year, meet Gia Nguyen, the beloved assistant layout editor of The Gamut. Gia’s story with the newspaper began when he decided the structured format of OA’s art program wasn’t for him. Instead, he prefers the freedom that journalism offered him, allowing him to experiment with his art style, and incorporate art with an academic field. Outside of diligently working on Gamut’s art and layout, you can find Gia bopping to the Spider Verse movie soundtrack, tearing up to emotional movies, taking refreshing walks, and cooking and baking (he makes a mean chicken fettuccine alfredo). Despite having a patient demeanor, Gia has a few dislikes: going through the motions, math and science, and wet and mushy foods (wet spinach irks him). With a passionate personality, Gia is excited for this year in Gamut, personally aiming to have a strong work ethic and improve the quality of his Gamut drafts.

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