California: Latest mass shooting will spark calls for tighter gun control

It’s immediately clear that Monterey Park is unlike anywhere else in California.

This small city of about 61,000 inhabitants is 8 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, but it could be a different country, with Chinese supermarkets, ravioli restaurants, and store signs written in Chinese alongside English.

More than 65% of the people living here are Asian American. As one scholar describes it, “an ethnic enclave that flourished in the slums because it refused to assimilate, instead serving its own immigrant community without apology”.

Still, most Americans are not immune to tragedy. But even if Monterey Park agrees 10 people shot dead There is a quiet and peaceful determination in a ballroom dance class.

A group of people knelt in front of the police cordon on the street where the massacre took place, praying and asking God for strength.

The Chinese New Year weekend took place, and just hours before filming, the street was packed with thousands of people listening to live music or buying skewers from food stalls.

“It’s terrible, it’s like it happens to a lot of people on Christmas Eve or something like that, it’s terrible,” says Robert Chao Romero, professor of Asian-American studies at UCLA.

On Sunday, families with children wearing traditional Chinese clothing arrived in Monterey Park from other parts of Los Angeles, waiting for the start of the second day of the Lunar New Year festival, but to see the stalls and signs being dismantled and the police blockade.

When they found out why, they were horrified.

A local woman came to lay flowers, but burst into tears when she thought about what this weekend should be like for Monterey Park.

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“I was looking forward to the celebration,” says Deanna Trujillo, who is part of a large Hispanic population in Monterey Park.

“It’s so painful, it kills me that this is happening to these families. This is one of the most cohesive, kind and friendly communities.

I may not be celebrating, but I wanted to be a part of it to let the Asian community know that they are very special to me.”

At a press conference one evening, he brought the news that a 72-year-old suspect was found dead of gunshot wounds to himself in a white van in the city of Torrance, 50 kilometers away.

For Monterey Park, the immediate danger was over and he had been helping terrorized people for hours, but gun violence is a never-ending scourge of life in America.

It’s the deadliest mass shooting since 19 children and two teachers were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last May, but it’s far from the only event.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 33 mass shootings in the United States, defined by the Archives of Gun Violence as the injury or killing of four or more people excluding the shooter.

Police believe the gunman in Monterey Park used a semi-automatic rifle to kill and maim, perhaps illegally obtained.

California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but it still wasn’t enough to deter a determined murderer.

Another mass shooting sparked another chorus of calls for tighter gun control, especially on automatic and semi-automatic weapons designed to kill.

But America’s long list of mass executions tells us that any meaningful change is unlikely in the near future.

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