Gun Control Debate Revived After Oakland School Massacre

OAKLAND (KCBS) – There are new calls from officials in Oakland to do something about the proliferation of guns on the street following Monday’s shootings at Oikos University.

The last time the Bay Area saw a similar massacre – the 101 California St. shootings in San Francisco in 1993 – it led to a national ban on assault weapons.

City Council President Larry Reid doubts the Oikos University rampage will have the same impact as the 101 California St. shootings, but he’s at a loss on how to stop this sort of mass killing without better controls on who can buy a gun.

“How do you stop a homicide? If someone has a gun in their hands, I don’t know how you prevent a homicide when someone is dead set on taking the life of another person,” Reid said.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

He noted there were three people shot over the weekend in Oakland and that those incidents were considered routine. It was the third shooting in his district in three days.

“No murder”, he said, “should ever be shrugged off. Society has to do something or we’ll be back at these shooting scenes, over and over again.”

Reid commented that it’s insane how many guns are on the streets of Oakland in the hands of people not afraid to use them.

Related Coverage:
Photo Gallery: Oikos University Shooting
Raw Audio: Police Dispatch Recordings From Rampage
Oakland Shooting Suspect Expelled, Felt Disrespected
Oakland Rampage Victims Were Young, Diverse
Police Search Underwater For Oakland Rampage Gun
Phil Matier: Rookie Dispatcher Handled 911 Call
Oikos University Student: Locked Door Saved Our Lives

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