Now that that California’s governor has declared California a sanctuary state, this will only increase. Together with California’s ignorant voters who passed Prop 47 and recently Prop 57 to “reduce the prisoner population” by allowing for early release of prisoners and changing the classification of crimes and California’s ongoing success in disarming law abiding citizens, California will soon be unlivable.
Seven teenagers were shot to death in Sacramento County last year, including a young man found dead in a relative’s garage and a popular Sacramento High School football player allegedly shot by a family friend. In Los Angeles, police tackled a wave of gang-related shootings and the number of homicides rose for the third straight year in 2016. Murders went up significantly in San Diego, San Jose and San Bernardino.
More people were killed with guns in California last year than in any other year since 2008, new state figures show.
Killers used guns in 1,368 California homicides in 2016, up by about 200 homicides from 2014, when killings fell to a historic low, according to the California Department of Justice. The firearm homicide rate, which adjusts for population changes, increased by 15 percent from 2014 to 2016.
Guns were used in 72 percent of California homicides last year, while the number of homicides using other weapons fell slightly from 2015 to 2016, the state figures show. California’s gun homicide spike mirrored the nationwide trend. More than 11,000 people across the country were murdered with firearms last year, a 35 percent increase over 2014.
by PHILLIP REESE AND RYAN LILLIS