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Lessons in Gun Control From California

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The New York Times

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🗓️ 2 June 2022

⏱️ 29 minutes

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As a proportion of its population, California has one of the lowest rates of gun deaths in the United States — 8.5 per 100,000 people, compared with 13.7 nationally. How did the state get that way?

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From the New York Times, I'm Sabrina Tavernice. This is the Daily.

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In the days after the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, Republicans have countered

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calls for stricter gun laws.

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Restricting the fundamental human right of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves is not the answer.

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By saying that there's no evidence that they actually work.

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People who think that maybe if we just implement tougher gun laws, it's going to solve it.

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Chicago and LA and New York disproved that thesis.

0:41.0

Today, my colleague, Sean Huber, talks about how one states experience seems to suggest otherwise.

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Governor Abbott just named check the state of California.

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I would caution him from doing that.

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It's Thursday, June 2.

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So Sean, gun rights supporters make the case that gun laws don't work.

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You know, they say that in places where there are lots of gun control laws, there's still lots of mass shootings.

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So let's start there.

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Is that true?

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Sure.

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Demonstrably true, right?

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There are a lot of gun laws and there are a lot of mass shootings.

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I'm in California.

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I've been in California covering news here for 40 years and I've covered a lot of the mass shootings here.

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And there are more in California than there are in any other state in the nation.

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And California also has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

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