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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has long advocated for tougher gun laws. © Julia Nikhinson/AP/dpa

In just a few days, 18 people are killed in two violent crimes in California. Fatal shootings have also occurred in other parts of the United States. Governor Gavin Newson calls for strict gun laws, as has happened before.

San Francisco – After two bloody crimes in California that killed 18 people in a few days, the governor of the US west coast state has called for stricter gun laws. “What the hell is going on here?” Gavin Newson lamented in Half Moon Bay, Northern California, with a view to gun violence in America. That would only happen in the United States, the country with the highest number of gun owners and gun deaths, the Democrat said.

In Half Moon Bay, a rural community south of San Francisco, a 66-year-old gunman killed seven people and seriously injured another victim on Monday. The shots occurred at two farms, and the police classified the murder as an act of violence at work. The victims are farm workers of Asian and Hispanic origin. The alleged perpetrator, who worked in one of the factories, was arrested.

Newsom was hospitalized Monday morning with injuries from another deadly incident in Monterey Park in Southern California. There, a gunman opened fire in a dance hall on the weekend on the sidelines of the Chinese New Year celebration. Ten people died at the scene and another victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Monday. The alleged perpetrator, a 72-year-old man, shot himself after the crime, according to police.

Vice President travels to California

US Vice President Kamala Harris planned to travel to her home state on Wednesday and visit the affected community in Monterey Park, her office said. After the Half Moon Bay attack, US President Joe Biden spoke of a “senseless act of gun violence”. “The scourge of gun violence across America” ​​calls for stricter gun laws, the Democratic president wrote.

Newsom has long advocated for stricter gun laws. California leads the way compared to other US states, but that’s not enough. Conservative judges would relax the strictest laws, Newsom complained. The nation must act together.

Gun violence and deadly attacks of this magnitude are unfortunately normal in the United States. Meanwhile, two people were killed in a shooting at a youth center in the Midwestern state of Iowa. Police say the victims were 16 and 18 years old. The alleged perpetrator is an 18-year-old man. A man shot and killed three people at a gas station in Washington state Tuesday night. The alleged perpetrator was later caught, CNN reported. dpa

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