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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bay Area Sees Weekly Freeway Shootings Despite Strict Gun Control

It may be next to impossible for a law-abiding citizen to carry a handgun in San Francisco, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring criminals from carrying them anyway. The freeways of the surrounding Bay Area have experienced a car-to-car shooting roughly once a week since Nov. 1, 2015.

While road rage was a documented cause of some shootings, it does not appear to be the main factor behind the violence. “The vast majority of these are targeted, and many of them are gang-related,” California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen told the Los Angeles Times. Six people have been killed and 36 injured, according to CHP records.

While politicians in New York and Chicago blame their cities’ violence on the “loose gun laws” of surrounding jurisdictions, Bay Area gangs seem to be getting their hands on firearms without any great difficulty. Only now, law-abiding citizens are powerless to do anything about it.