Gilroy Shooting Suspect Santino William Legan Too Young to Buy Rifle in CA

Gilroy Shooting Suspect Santino William Legan Too Young to Buy Rifle in CA
AWR HAWKINS29 Jul 20192,
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Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect Santino William Legan was too young to legally buy a rifle in California.

CNN reported Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee identifying Legan as the shooting suspect, noting that he was 19-years-old. He allegedly used an “assault style rifle” and fired at random.

On July 29, the Guardian reported that the suspect, now identified as Legan, entered the Garlic Festival through a hole in the fence in order to avoid security, which included metal detectors. The festival was an otherwise self-declared gun-free zone.

Legan allegedly shot and killed three people and wounded at least 12 others before being killed by police. ABC News reported that Gilroy Chief Smithee indicated officers engaged the suspect “within a minute of the shooting and killed him.”

On September 29, 2018, USA Today reported that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation to raise the legal age for a long gun purchase to 21 years. That new age restriction went into effect January 1, 2019.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

Gun Control In Chicago Isn’t Working too Good

Gun Control: See How Chicago’s Current Homicide Rate Compares With 1 Year Ago…It Might Shock You
Written by Philip Hodges
Feb 23, 2016

Chicago’s current homicide rate is quite different compared with where it was this time last year. In fact, there are just over twice as many homicides in the Windy City now, compared with one year ago. Chicago’s high homicide rate – coupled with its having some of the strictest gun control laws in the county – are reasons that the city is often cited by gun control opponents as the prime example of where gun control leads.

Chicago’s high homicide rate is due in part to its prevalence of rival gangs, particularly in the South Side of Chicago, as well as neighborhoods such as Englewood – which is right next to the South Side – and Austin on the West Side.

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The Chicago Tribune reports on the city’s increasing homicide rate:

Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year.

The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot – about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.
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On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Brian Johnson was shot in the head near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and 56th Street, officials said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, a cabbie was found shot to death in his taxi parked near a library in the 4400 block of North Leavitt Street, police said. Hours later, a 28-year-old man was shot in the 6400 block of South Eggleston Avenue, said Officer Ana Pacheco, a Chicago police spokeswoman.

In addition to those homicides, the Tribune reported that there were a total of 32 people shot in Chicago over the weekend alone, including a three-year-old boy in Englewood, who police say was shot by a stray bullet during a gang fight. The Tribune concluded:

The weekend toll includes one person killed and nine wounded from Friday evening to Saturday morning; three men killed and 14 people wounded from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning; and six people wounded from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning.

The weekend’s first gunshot homicide was at 11:30 p.m. Friday, when 20-year-old Terrell Sykes was shot multiple times in the abdomen while standing out on the Gresham block where he lived.

Gun control proponents believe that the solution to the city’s high homicide rate is – believe it or not – more state and national gun control laws. Read what Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi had to say:

“Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city, and as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods, it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws.”

What’s abundantly clear is that criminals will not obey laws. As much as that is stating the obvious, it doesn’t seem to be something that is understood by many politicians. Those who favor strict gun control see the cause of Chicago’s high homicide rate as “lax gun laws” in neighboring states such as Indiana.

2013_Chicago_Homicide_MapInstead of responding to the high homicide rate by trying to create a gun vacuum, political leaders should embrace the reality of the need for self-defense weapons in the hands of residents.

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