Every week in the past, a gunman opened fireplace at a San Jose rail yard, killing 9 of his colleagues earlier than apparently killing himself. Some eight miles away, the gunman’s residence had been set ablaze.
Although officers are nonetheless attempting to piece collectively precisely what occurred that morning and why — a job that will by no means actually be full — the small print which have emerged are gutting, partially as a result of they had been predictable in a nation the place such mass shootings have turn into a numbing routine.
The gunman had for years complained about his job on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, telling his ex-wife that he wished he may kill his co-workers and writing about his hatred for the company in a pocket book as soon as flagged by border officers as he returned from a journey. He was described by colleagues, neighbors and former companions as an emotionally risky, seemingly mentally sick loner.
Victims’ family members described the shattering sudden lack of dad and mom, spouses and mates who had been merely beginning an unusual work day after they had been killed.
This wasn’t the primary time San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, had been known as upon to consolation group members grieving for family members killed in a mass capturing.
In 2019, “we lost two children,” he instructed me on Tuesday, referring to the deaths of two younger metropolis residents throughout a capturing on the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Now, as then, Liccardo mentioned, the primary precedence has been to make sure that survivors and households have entry to counseling and help. But he mentioned he additionally feels urgency to enact insurance policies that may stem the tide of gun violence — even when long-sought federal gun management laws has been elusive.
“Mayors don’t have the luxury of offering prayers and platitudes,” he mentioned. “People expect concrete actions.”
PictureThe investigation continues into final week’s capturing that left 9 transportation authority staff useless, in addition to the gunman who took his personal life.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times
To that finish, Liccardo mentioned, he hoped the San Jose City Council would approve, by the tip of the yr, a first-in-the-nation requirement that gun house owners within the metropolis insure their weapons or pay charges to maintain them. The thought, he defined, is that weapons are contributing to a public well being disaster — and it’s costly.
Liccardo mentioned that requiring drivers to hold auto insurance coverage has helped reduce down on fatalities from automobile crashes, so having the personal insurance coverage business become involved would assist incentivize accountable gun possession and defray the price of gun violence to taxpayers, who pay for emergency and legislation enforcement companies.
Rail Yard Shooting in San Jose
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The mayor first proposed the concept in 2019 within the wake of the Gilroy capturing, however he mentioned the pandemic delayed progress on the measure.
“We were working with an epidemiologist at the county, so we put that aside,” he mentioned. “Now, I think we’re ready to come back.”
Of course, gun legal guidelines at each degree have confronted intense and sustained authorized challenges. Liccardo instructed me he’s “not delusional” about the truth that a gun regulation ordinance would require a vigorous authorized protection. But he mentioned that city-level coverage modifications may present concepts that Congress and even the state legislature wouldn’t be nimble sufficient to enact.
“No one would say that it would be ideal for each city to come up with its own policies,” he mentioned. “But we recognize that cities can be laboratories for policy innovation.”
Here’s a have a look at what we all know concerning the capturing.
Read concerning the victims’ lives.
See a partial record of the mass shootings within the United States up to now this yr.
A gunman killed one Los Angeles County firefighter at a station within the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times studies. Another was wounded.
It will take weeks or months for the Valley Transportation Authority’s gentle rail service to return, The Mercury News studies.
California noticed extra lively shooters than some other state over the past 20 years, new federal information reveals, in response to The San Francisco Chronicle. Although California has among the nation’s strictest gun legal guidelines, the rating roughly tracks with inhabitants measurement.
Here’s what else to know at present
ImageChildren cool off within the American River in Sacramento throughout a record-breaking warmth wave final September.Credit…Max Whittaker for The New York Times
Compiled by Jonathan Wolfe
Dangerously sizzling circumstances are forecast for the Western United States this week. Temperatures may attain as excessive as 107 levels within the San Joaquin Valley, and will break day by day data within the Fresno space.
In a pair of unanimous choices, the Supreme Court dominated that tribal cops might typically detain and search non-Native Americans on federal highways, and that there is no such thing as a presumption that testimony from immigrants combating deportation is credible.
A drought disaster has erupted within the Klamath Basin alongside the California-Oregon border, with fish dying en masse and farmers infuriated that they’ve been reduce off from their fundamental water supply.
Mayor London Breed of San Francisco proposed spending greater than $1 billion to deal with homelessness within the metropolis over the subsequent two years, The San Francisco Chronicle studies.
Handgun gross sales in California surged 66 % throughout the pandemic, The Sacramento Bee studies.
Today, the State Supreme Court will start listening to a case that’s difficult the usage of the loss of life penalty, which may probably reverse loss of life sentences for 704 inmates within the state, CalMatters studies.
A deputy within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department died after being shot in a high-speed chase in Yucca Valley, close to Joshua Tree National Park, The Los Angeles Times studies.
The state’s unemployment division is so tough to get a maintain of that some individuals are paying personal firms to robocall the division after which join them, The San Francisco Chronicle studies.
CalMatters asks, can the state face up to the anticipated widespread instructor retirements this yr?
PictureCoachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in 2015.Credit…Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times
Coachella and Stagecoach will return in April 2022, The Press-Enterprise studies.
The New York Times Style Magazine explored the legacy of the Communicative Arts Academy, a important hub for Black artists in Compton that was largely excluded from Los Angeles’s cultural establishments.
“Kim’s Convenience,” a CBC Television sitcom about a Korean Canadian household who owns a comfort retailer in Toronto, stands aside for the way in which it has normalized Korean delicacies and tradition.
When a bear threatened her household canines, a teenager in Bradbury, east of Los Angeles, charged the animal and shoved it off a yard wall, ABC 7 studies.
Real property: Climate hazards ought to be added to your own home purchaser’s guidelines, and there are instruments to assist patrons analyze the dangers of disasters when looking for a new home.
And lastly …
ImageMonarch butterflies in Pacific Grove.Credit…Vern Fisher/Monterey County Herald, through Associated Press
The inhabitants of Western monarch butterflies that winter in California has been dwindling. So a coalition of conservation teams has hatched a plan: Grow a lot extra milkweed. The plant, in response to the U.S. Forest Service, is “Nature’s mega food market for insects.”
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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all around the state, together with the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — however she all the time needs to see extra. Follow alongside right here or on Twitter.