'People are the problem': Gun rights battle erupts online as Monterey mass shooting shocks nation

'People are the problem': Gun rights battle erupts online as Monterey mass shooting shocks nation
Several people were killed during the Monterey Park mass shooting on Saturday, January 21 (rawsalerts/Twitter)

MONTEREY PARK, CALIFORNIA: There is a debate raging over the internet about gun rights after a deadly shooting during a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration left several people dead and injured on Saturday, January 21. The shooting reportedly started around 10 pm local time, during a Lunar New Year party taking place in Monterey Park. The two-day celebration was attended by thousands.

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Over 16 people were reportedly shot with 10 fatalities reported from various unconfirmed sources. More than 17 people were reportedly injured in the shooting. After the shocking incident, several users on social media came out demanding stricter gun rights laws to stop these incidents from repeating in future. A user explained on Twitter, “Monterey Park has been ranked as one of the safest cities in CA for a few years now. Tonight just proves that mass shootings can happen anywhere and at any moment. We need stricter gun laws across the country. 10+ lives did not need to end during a time of joy and celebration.” 

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However, it seems that many of them are still not convinced by the plan to implement strict gun laws. One person on Twitter argued, “Terrible that 10+ ppl lost their life, but what will stricter gun laws do to a criminal? Absolutely nothing. Let’s get the criminals off the street & start prosecuting appropriately.” “We need people to stop shooting each other. The guns ain't the problem the people are,” another added. Someone noted, “Gun laws don’t stop criminals." 

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Another user explained, “It’s California dude, can’t get much more strict. People are always gonna find the guns man.” Someone also argued that California currently had some of the strictest gun laws, so having more gun rights was not required. “CA has some of the strictest gun control in the US. It doesn't stop anything. It puts people at risk,” the user remarked. Meanwhile, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to The New York Times, there was a man with a machine gun in the area who reportedly carried several rounds of ammunition.

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The injured were quickly transferred to nearby hospitals as social media footage showed cops and fire department officials treating the victims at the location. Los Angeles government official Kenneth Meji wrote on Twitter after the incident paying condolences to the victims and their families, "Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just occurred. Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Los Angeles County and many were out celebrating the Lunar New Year.”



 

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This article contains remarks made on the Internet by individual people and organizations. MEAWW cannot confirm them independently and does not support claims or opinions being made online.

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