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Nine killed by co-worker in shooting at San Jose VTA maintenance yard

Transit agency suspends light-rail service until further notice

Crime tape blocks the scene of a shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority maintenance yard in San Jose on May 26, 2021. The shooting resulted in multiple casualties and is prompting the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to shut down all light-rail service for the day at noon. Courtesy Harika Maddala/Bay City News Service.

A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employee shot and killed nine people at a VTA maintenance yard in San Jose on Wednesday morning and also died there, authorities said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office first received reports of the shooting at 6:34 a.m. and dispatched deputies to the rail yard, which is adjacent to the sheriff's office's headquarters.

The county medical examiner-coroner's office identified the nine people killed in the mass shooting as Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63. The coroner's office notified all next of kin before their names were released to the public.

Fritch had been in critical condition and was transported Wednesday morning to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he died from his injuries later that day, according to the coroner's office.

Investigators, law enforcement officials and political leaders held a briefing Wednesday afternoon to shed more light on the shooting by a VTA employee, who was identified by the county as Samuel James Cassidy, 57.

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A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said that explosive-detecting dogs and robots and members of the agency's bomb squad are expected to remain at the VTA's Guadalupe rail yard on West Younger Avenue into Thursday to ensure it is safe.

"We're going to be there throughout the night to clear every room and every crevice of that building," Deputy Russell Davis said.

Nine Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employees were killed in a shooting at the agency's Guadalupe maintenance yard on May 26, 2021. Courtesy Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also supporting the sheriff's office in investigating the shooting and supplying investigators with assets like ballistics and forensic equipment from the FBI's offices in Quantico, Virginia.

The employee opened fire during a shift change at the rail yard, with graveyard shift employees leaving the facility and day shift employees arriving, according to Davis.

More than 40 employees were at the facility at the time, San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said. In addition to the FBI and ATF, local law enforcement in Santa Clara County, the California Highway Patrol, the state's Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Homeland Security assisted during the initial active shooter response.

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Davis and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith argued that the death toll could have been even higher if law enforcement officers hadn't responded as quickly as they did.

"The deputy sheriffs from the sheriff's office, the officers from San Jose Police Department ran into the building while shots were being fired and I know that it saved many lives," Smith said at the briefing.

Davis noted that sheriff's deputies did not exchange gunfire with Cassidy and investigators are working under the assumption that he died by suicide. The spokesperson did not confirm whether a house fire at what is believed to have been Cassidy's home was connected to the shooting.

On Thursday, the sheriff's described Cassidy as a "highly disgruntled VTA employee for many years" but said a specific motive for the case, the Bay Area's deadliest mass shooting ever, remains under investigation.

Investigators located three semi-automatic 9mm handguns at the scene along with 32 high-capacity handgun magazines loaded with additional ammunition, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's crime scene investigators are utilizing high-tech equipment to survey the crime scene and allow the ability to recreate the events of the shooting for training purposes, according to the sheriff's office.

The VTA suspended all light-rail service in the system starting noon Wednesday, with bus shuttles providing limited service for riders, until further notice.

'A horrific day': Elected leaders, transit agencies react

Several local elected leaders who spoke at a briefing late Wednesday morning mourned the people who were killed in the shooting.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said it is "a horrific day for our city, and it's a tragic day for the VTA family ... our hearts pain for the families and the coworkers because we know that so many are feeling deeply this loss."

VTA board of directors chair and Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Glenn Hendricks described the Guadalupe facility as a maintenance yard where light-rail vehicles are dispatched from.

"VTA is a family, people in the organization know everyone," Hendricks said. "This is a terrible tragedy."

The VTA is also getting grief counselors in place for its employees, Hendricks said.

State and federal elected leaders offered his condolences to the victims and their families following the killings.

"My prayers are with the families and my gratitude goes to all the first responders," Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said in a tweet.

"Our mass shooting epidemic continues to give rise to unimaginable heartbreak and loss," state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, said.

Some also called for more effective gun control measures.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, said he will continue to push for "common sense gun control measures."

"While much still remains to be confirmed at this time, one thing is abundantly clear: the gun violence epidemic will continue to rage unless we take concrete action to protect our country. It was our community today, but it will be someone else's tomorrow," Khanna said in an emailed statement.

Khanna said more than 80% of Americans favor measures like waiting periods, "red flag" laws and background checks.

"When I head back to Washington, I will continue to push for this urgently needed legislation," Khanna said.

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said California lawmakers remain committed to "passing sensible gun laws so fewer victims will feel the pain and heartbreak that San Jose is feeling today."

At the Wednesday afternoon briefing, local officials expressed grief and outrage about the shooting, which came less than two years after Gilroy resident Santino William Legan, 19, shot and killed three people and injured 15 others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July 2019.

"To the victims, to those who've lost their lives and the families lost their loved ones, our hearts go out, but we are resolved to not make this meaningless, but to bring meaning at this tragic moment in our state and our nation's history," Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez noted that VTA continued service amid the shooting and only stopped when the transit agency issued an indefinite pause of light rail service at noon.

"These heroes — we all learned how to call essential workers 'heroes' — we're now calling on them to be heroes again," she said.

"We know that our entire community will need this moment and many others to mourn together," Liccardo said. "So we want to bring people together to be able to at least share a common humanity, particularly given all that we've been through over the last year-and-a-half, this is a time when we need to be together."

Caltrain and SamTrans officials shared their condolences in a joint statement.

"This is a dark day for the VTA and the City of San Jose," Caltrain board chair Dev Davis said. "We don't yet have all the details regarding this horrible act, but we stand with our member agency as they continue to serve the public amidst this tragedy."

"We are deeply saddened by the terrible shooting this morning," said SamTrans board chair Charles Stone. "Our hearts go out to everyone at VTA; especially the women and men who work to keep it running."

The killings also prompted the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to demand that national leaders address the country's gun violence crisis.

"This is an urgent crisis that requires immediate action. It is time for our national leaders to find the courage to act so that gun violence no longer leads to devastation on such a horrifying scale," said the center's executive director Robyn Thomas.

Remembering, honoring the victims

The city of San Jose will hold a vigil for the victims of the shooting Thursday at 6 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St.

Caltrain will provide free train rides Thursday evening to and from San Jose City Hall on trains 260 and 264, which arrive at the San Jose Diridon Station at 5:09 p.m. and 5:39 p.m. respectively. Passengers attending the vigil must let the conductor know they will exit at the Diridon station for the vigil.

After arriving at the Diridon station, passengers can then take VTA bus Rapid 500, Rapid 522, 64A, 68 or 22 to City Hall. People can also walk from the station to City Hall, about 1.2 miles.

People leaving the vigil can also ride free on Caltrain once they notify conductors that they attended.

Caltrain's schedules are available at caltrain.com. VTA's schedules are available at vta.org.

The San Jose-based community organization Working Partnerships USA and the South Bay Labor Council set up a fund to support families of the shooting victims. Donations can be made at act.wpusa.org.

A family reunification center has also been set up at the County Government Center at 70 W. Hedding St. VTA employees and their families can call 408-321-7550 for more information.

Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.

People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

Additional resources can be found here.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Nine killed by co-worker in shooting at San Jose VTA maintenance yard

Transit agency suspends light-rail service until further notice

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Uploaded: Wed, May 26, 2021, 9:52 am
Updated: Thu, May 27, 2021, 3:42 pm

A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employee shot and killed nine people at a VTA maintenance yard in San Jose on Wednesday morning and also died there, authorities said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office first received reports of the shooting at 6:34 a.m. and dispatched deputies to the rail yard, which is adjacent to the sheriff's office's headquarters.

The county medical examiner-coroner's office identified the nine people killed in the mass shooting as Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63. The coroner's office notified all next of kin before their names were released to the public.

Fritch had been in critical condition and was transported Wednesday morning to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he died from his injuries later that day, according to the coroner's office.

Investigators, law enforcement officials and political leaders held a briefing Wednesday afternoon to shed more light on the shooting by a VTA employee, who was identified by the county as Samuel James Cassidy, 57.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said that explosive-detecting dogs and robots and members of the agency's bomb squad are expected to remain at the VTA's Guadalupe rail yard on West Younger Avenue into Thursday to ensure it is safe.

"We're going to be there throughout the night to clear every room and every crevice of that building," Deputy Russell Davis said.

Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also supporting the sheriff's office in investigating the shooting and supplying investigators with assets like ballistics and forensic equipment from the FBI's offices in Quantico, Virginia.

The employee opened fire during a shift change at the rail yard, with graveyard shift employees leaving the facility and day shift employees arriving, according to Davis.

More than 40 employees were at the facility at the time, San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said. In addition to the FBI and ATF, local law enforcement in Santa Clara County, the California Highway Patrol, the state's Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Homeland Security assisted during the initial active shooter response.

Davis and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith argued that the death toll could have been even higher if law enforcement officers hadn't responded as quickly as they did.

"The deputy sheriffs from the sheriff's office, the officers from San Jose Police Department ran into the building while shots were being fired and I know that it saved many lives," Smith said at the briefing.

Davis noted that sheriff's deputies did not exchange gunfire with Cassidy and investigators are working under the assumption that he died by suicide. The spokesperson did not confirm whether a house fire at what is believed to have been Cassidy's home was connected to the shooting.

On Thursday, the sheriff's described Cassidy as a "highly disgruntled VTA employee for many years" but said a specific motive for the case, the Bay Area's deadliest mass shooting ever, remains under investigation.

Investigators located three semi-automatic 9mm handguns at the scene along with 32 high-capacity handgun magazines loaded with additional ammunition, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's crime scene investigators are utilizing high-tech equipment to survey the crime scene and allow the ability to recreate the events of the shooting for training purposes, according to the sheriff's office.

The VTA suspended all light-rail service in the system starting noon Wednesday, with bus shuttles providing limited service for riders, until further notice.

Several local elected leaders who spoke at a briefing late Wednesday morning mourned the people who were killed in the shooting.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said it is "a horrific day for our city, and it's a tragic day for the VTA family ... our hearts pain for the families and the coworkers because we know that so many are feeling deeply this loss."

VTA board of directors chair and Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Glenn Hendricks described the Guadalupe facility as a maintenance yard where light-rail vehicles are dispatched from.

"VTA is a family, people in the organization know everyone," Hendricks said. "This is a terrible tragedy."

The VTA is also getting grief counselors in place for its employees, Hendricks said.

State and federal elected leaders offered his condolences to the victims and their families following the killings.

"My prayers are with the families and my gratitude goes to all the first responders," Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said in a tweet.

"Our mass shooting epidemic continues to give rise to unimaginable heartbreak and loss," state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, said.

Some also called for more effective gun control measures.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, said he will continue to push for "common sense gun control measures."

"While much still remains to be confirmed at this time, one thing is abundantly clear: the gun violence epidemic will continue to rage unless we take concrete action to protect our country. It was our community today, but it will be someone else's tomorrow," Khanna said in an emailed statement.

Khanna said more than 80% of Americans favor measures like waiting periods, "red flag" laws and background checks.

"When I head back to Washington, I will continue to push for this urgently needed legislation," Khanna said.

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said California lawmakers remain committed to "passing sensible gun laws so fewer victims will feel the pain and heartbreak that San Jose is feeling today."

At the Wednesday afternoon briefing, local officials expressed grief and outrage about the shooting, which came less than two years after Gilroy resident Santino William Legan, 19, shot and killed three people and injured 15 others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July 2019.

"To the victims, to those who've lost their lives and the families lost their loved ones, our hearts go out, but we are resolved to not make this meaningless, but to bring meaning at this tragic moment in our state and our nation's history," Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez noted that VTA continued service amid the shooting and only stopped when the transit agency issued an indefinite pause of light rail service at noon.

"These heroes — we all learned how to call essential workers 'heroes' — we're now calling on them to be heroes again," she said.

"We know that our entire community will need this moment and many others to mourn together," Liccardo said. "So we want to bring people together to be able to at least share a common humanity, particularly given all that we've been through over the last year-and-a-half, this is a time when we need to be together."

Caltrain and SamTrans officials shared their condolences in a joint statement.

"This is a dark day for the VTA and the City of San Jose," Caltrain board chair Dev Davis said. "We don't yet have all the details regarding this horrible act, but we stand with our member agency as they continue to serve the public amidst this tragedy."

"We are deeply saddened by the terrible shooting this morning," said SamTrans board chair Charles Stone. "Our hearts go out to everyone at VTA; especially the women and men who work to keep it running."

The killings also prompted the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to demand that national leaders address the country's gun violence crisis.

"This is an urgent crisis that requires immediate action. It is time for our national leaders to find the courage to act so that gun violence no longer leads to devastation on such a horrifying scale," said the center's executive director Robyn Thomas.

The city of San Jose will hold a vigil for the victims of the shooting Thursday at 6 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St.

Caltrain will provide free train rides Thursday evening to and from San Jose City Hall on trains 260 and 264, which arrive at the San Jose Diridon Station at 5:09 p.m. and 5:39 p.m. respectively. Passengers attending the vigil must let the conductor know they will exit at the Diridon station for the vigil.

After arriving at the Diridon station, passengers can then take VTA bus Rapid 500, Rapid 522, 64A, 68 or 22 to City Hall. People can also walk from the station to City Hall, about 1.2 miles.

People leaving the vigil can also ride free on Caltrain once they notify conductors that they attended.

Caltrain's schedules are available at caltrain.com. VTA's schedules are available at vta.org.

The San Jose-based community organization Working Partnerships USA and the South Bay Labor Council set up a fund to support families of the shooting victims. Donations can be made at act.wpusa.org.

A family reunification center has also been set up at the County Government Center at 70 W. Hedding St. VTA employees and their families can call 408-321-7550 for more information.

Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.

People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

Additional resources can be found here.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Comments

John
Adobe-Meadow
on May 26, 2021 at 10:52 am
John, Adobe-Meadow
on May 26, 2021 at 10:52 am

Well, the wait begins as my opinion rests solely upon the identity of the murderer.


DTN Paul
Registered user
Downtown North
on May 26, 2021 at 11:31 am
DTN Paul, Downtown North
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 11:31 am

So many guns. More guns than people, polluting our culture and destroying our country....


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2021 at 11:46 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 11:46 am

Sad day for us in the Bay Area. :(


dontliveinCA
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another community
on May 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm
dontliveinCA, another community
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm

oh well, another day another mass shooting....when are our legislators going to have the guts to do something about gun control.....we have more shootings, injuries and deaths related to guns than any other "civilized" country in the world.....


Citizen
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm
Citizen, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm

[Post removed due to same poster using multiple names]


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on May 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm

I am watching this and people do not know if their relatives are alive or dead. The shooter is dead. He set his house on fire before he went to the VTA facility. This is so sad.

Postings - I think when people sign up with PA On-line with one designator it gets changed when they post on Almanac or MT. View Voice. My designator switched to my email account when I posted on another one of the papers. That surprised me.
Problem with using your name - the posting then shows up on google if someone does a search on you. However the posting is isolated and has no reference points as to what you are saying. IF the overall topic is unknown then your posting will not make sense since it may be a response to someone else's posting.

There is no racism there - just an a pre=programmed method the computer is using.
It is a clue that tells you someone signed up on another one of the systems where they have a different name. Go to one of the other systems and you can usually pick the person out because they are reporting on the same subject on the other system.

This can cause a problem if the point of the thread is to build consensus on a subject that has nothing to do with the city they live in. No one wants to be lectured on a PA subject by someone who does not live in PA.


Rhodoreae
Registered user
Ventura
on May 26, 2021 at 5:06 pm
Rhodoreae, Ventura
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 5:06 pm

Another tragedy causing unimaginable devastation to the victims' families.

CA has red flag gun laws and I really hope that colleagues, union reps., friends and/or family members report concerns to authorities to try and prevent such mass casualties.

We MUST do better with mental health services and gun control!


Citizen PA
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2021 at 6:55 pm
Citizen PA, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 6:55 pm

"when legislators … do something about gun control"

When voters get real about power literacy/voting. In 7 or the last 8 presidential elections, a Democratic candidate had more votes than a Republican, & yet…

e.g. Obama--lots voted him in, but forgot midterms, so he was powerless against Republican majorities in Congress. Voters who care about issues like gun violence don’t bother to learn about balance of power.If Democrats care about solving big problems only they are willing to work on, they have to get out the vote in a sustained way to give legislators power to do it.

i.e. Democrats should care EVEN MORE about MIDTERM ELECTIONS for Congress & state races than about presidential

Instead, Supreme Court has been majority conservative for unbroken 50 years, increasing radical interpretations of Constitution re: guns. Republicans use recalls when they don't like election results. They scheme now to seize power by 2022 by getting the majority in Congress.

Gun violence is just one of many Republican ideological disasters:
-more Americans killed by guns since 1968 than all wars combined
-Iraq War—biggest problem was (GOP) leaders saying things utterly disconnected from what happened in reality (sound familiar? Republicans got so used to turning repeated lies into "truth" they thought it would translate to winning war)
-Hurricane Katrina response (FEMA gutted by Bush after effective under Clinton; Republicans don't do competent government)
-the 2008 financial crisis after 2 Bush terms
-over 500,000 American Covid-19 deaths many unnecessary because GOP made it into a political football for power rather than bringing us together

-Tens of thousands of Americans dying prematurely annually because Republicans continue to make US the ONLY 1st-world nation without affordable universal healthcare & also only one with many healthcare bankruptcies.

Care about lawmakers acting on things like guns? Get out the vote EVERY ELECTION (not just presidential).


AlexDeLarge
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Midtown
on May 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on May 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm


@ Citizen PA ; Whoa there, you're staggering of topic.


Nolan Broderick
Registered user
Barron Park
on May 27, 2021 at 7:55 am
Nolan Broderick, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 7:55 am

On the controversial topic of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights, by simply outlawing the sale of ammunition effectively nullifies these random shootings as very few perpetrators fill their own casings and shells.

The rifle or handgun is now only capable of inflicting blunt force trauma.


Anneke
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Professorville
on May 27, 2021 at 8:58 am
Anneke, Professorville
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 8:58 am

In Europe we allow fireworks but no guns.
In the US we allow guns but no fireworks.

Go figure!


J. Laredo
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Crescent Park
on May 27, 2021 at 9:04 am
J. Laredo, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 9:04 am
Jennifer
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another community
on May 27, 2021 at 9:18 am
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 9:18 am

Yesterday was a sad day for the Bay Area. Regardless of your opinion on gun control (favor, oppose, no opinion) he was bipolar. When dealing with the mentally ill, even if he didn't have access to guns he could've set fire to his place of employment the same way he set fire to his home, and more lives would be lost. Guns in the hands of the mentally ill is scary.


Anneke
Registered user
Professorville
on May 27, 2021 at 12:24 pm
Anneke, Professorville
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 12:24 pm

@ J. Larado

According to the CDC, with respect to gun deaths, California, Illinois, and New York are not states with the highest death rates per 100,000 population.
Illinois: #38
California: #42
New York #47
DC not rated

The four highest per 100,000 are:
Alaska #1
Louisiana #2
Alabama #
Mississippi #4

The three lowest rated at fewer than 5 deaths per 100,000
Rhode Island
Massachusetts
Hawaii


Mi Casa Es Su Casa
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Barron Park
on May 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm
Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm

The four highest per 100,000 are:
Alaska #1
Louisiana #2
Alabama #
Mississippi #4

^ Most likely hunting accidents.


The three lowest rated at fewer than 5 deaths per 100,000
Rhode Island
Massachusetts
Hawaii

^ Smaller states with fewer gun owners.


Illinois: #38
California: #42
New York #47
DC not rated

^ Murders


Anneke
Registered user
Professorville
on May 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm
Anneke, Professorville
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm

@J.Larado

Since the article was about the gun deaths in San Jose, and your comment talked about crime rates, I would also like to share the following statistics.

States with the Highest Crime Rates:

Louisiana (12.4 per 100,000 people) Republican
Missouri (9.8 per 100,000 people) Republican
Nevada (9.1 per 100,000 people) Democratic
Maryland (9 per 100,000 people) Democratic
Arkansas (8.6 per 100,000 people) Republican
Alaska (8.4 per 100,000 people) Republican
Alabama (8.3 per 100,000 people) Republican
Mississippi (8.2 per 100,000 people) Republican

The above means that 75% of the highest crime rate states are Republican versus 25% of the Democratic states (still too high.)

I personally believe it reflects the different thinking about the danger of guns between the Republicans and the Democrats.


Lance Johnson
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2021 at 12:52 pm
Lance Johnson, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 12:52 pm

The states with open carry have specific laws (aka felonies) against the misuse of firearms.

Shooting someone in the back or discharging a weapon while intoxicated carry heavy imprisonment sentences.

As a result, most of the people in these states who carry guns have respect and responsibility for their firearms and it effectively serves as a crime deterrent.

No one argues with or creates a petty altercation when the other person is packing heat...less robberies as well.


John
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Looking at “gun deaths” improperly weights suicides which represent approx 2/3 of the totals. Your typical red state Republican is far more prone to suicide than his democratic counterpart. People who truly care where the most violent, homicidal places are would do well to focus on murders alone, as well as realize that cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and New Orleans badly skew figures for their states.

I understand the desire to prove how awful the Republicans are, but let’s not incorrectly apply data- we’re smarter than that.


Logan Arenado
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another community
on May 27, 2021 at 6:42 pm
Logan Arenado, another community
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 6:42 pm

[Post removed due to incorrect information.]


Raleigh Winslow
Registered user
Downtown North
on May 28, 2021 at 6:57 am
Raleigh Winslow, Downtown North
Registered user
on May 28, 2021 at 6:57 am
Manny Rodriguez
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East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2021 at 1:48 pm
Manny Rodriguez, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 28, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Palo Alto is a relatively safe, professional and highly-educated community so in many ways, their aghast at gun crimes are delusionary ideals.

Other communities are not safe, highly-educated or professional which is why people arm themselves whether legally or illegally.

The Constitution protects those rights whether the perceived threats are real or imagined.

Our founding fathers ensured this basic right and it stands regardless of whether the British have any inclination towards a future attack on American soil.


An Attorney At Large
Registered user
East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2021 at 3:30 pm
An Attorney At Large, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 28, 2021 at 3:30 pm

America will NEVER be a country void of firearms legal or illegal and it's about time we accepted this cold, hard, fact regardless of any related tragedies.


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