Yesterday, May 26, 2021, 57-year-old Sam Cassidy, a Valley Transit Authority (VTA) employee, allegedly shot and killed eight co-workers before killing himself at the gun-free zoned VTA San Jose, California rail yard. Although not yet confirmed, some who knew him said Cassidy suffered from anger issues, bi-polar disorder, and alcoholism.
Politicians did not waste anytime politicizing the shooting calling for more control measures, yet is that the right path? Cassidy could kill so many because of the rail yard being designated as a gun-free zone, leaving law abiding VTA employees defenseless. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, public mass shootings between 1998 and 2018 and reported that 97.8 percent of incidents took place in gun-free zones.
Late last night, President Biden tweeted, “We are still awaiting many of the details of this latest mass shooting in San Jose, but there are some things we know for sure. There are at least eight families who will never be whole again. Every life taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation. We must do more.” Many would agree with him and are advising him we need to end gun-free zone policies and end the many gun control laws which have enabled the bulk of these mass shootings.