The Asian American community was whirling Tuesday after two mass shootings in California targeted members of their community. The apparent shooters in both cases were older men of Asian collapse. California Governor Gavin Newsom was attending a hospital conference with the targets of the first attack when he was pulled away to be briefed about the second attack within 48 hours.
“It is said all the time: only in America,” an exasperated Newsom told reporters Tuesday in Half Moon Bay.
“Only in America. Number one in gun ownership. Number one in gun deaths. It’s not even complicated,” he said.
“What the hell is wrong with us, that we allow these weapons of war and large capacity clips out on the streets and sidewalks?”
Another shooting happened overnight in Washington state, where a gunman killed three people at a comfort store in an act police said seemed random. The carnage started President Joe Biden to renew calls for Congress to act quickly on an attack weapons ban. A group of senators on Monday reintroduced a federal attack weapons ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for attack weapons to 21. Biden even said he would dispatch Vice President Kamala Harris to California after the shootings.
Investigators were constantly probing the motives after the two happenings, which stood out among the scourge of mass shootings in America for the community affected. From 1966 to 2020, 79 percent of mass shooters were under 45, according to the nonpartisan Violence Project. The Monday bloodshed happened at two farms about Half Moon Bay, a rural coastal community south of San Francisco.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Tuesday that five men and two women, a mixture of Hispanic and Asian, were killed and that 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Zhao had been taken into custody.
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