Some argue Sacramento shootings show California’s tough gun laws don’t work. They’re wrong
Sacramento Police officer David Bell stands watch at the scene of a mass shooting at 10th and L streets in downtown Sacramento, California, on Sunday, April 3, 2022. - Hector Amezcua/TNS

Gun control opponents can be counted on to cite violence such as the horrific mass shooting in downtown Sacramento last weekend as evidence that gun laws don’t work. California has more gun laws than any other state, the argument goes, so every shooting within its borders undermines the entire enterprise of firearm regulation. This is nonsense. The correlation between the availability of guns and the incidence of gun violence is as strong as common sense would predict. Laws that make guns less accessible therefore tend to diminish the likelihood that people will be hurt and killed by them. Gun...