Despite Strict Gun Control, California Had The Most Active Shooter Incidents In 2021: FBI

Despite Strict Gun Control, California Had The Most Active Shooter Incidents In 2021: FBI

Authored by Jason Blair via The Epoch Times,

In a report issued by the FBI, California ranked first for the most active shooter incidents in 2021. The state has been in the top spot in three of the past five years.

According to the study, a total of 61 active shooter incidents occurred across 30 states last year with 103 people killed and 140 wounded. This is up from 40 incidents and 38 killed in 2020.

California had 6 incidents that claimed the lives of 19 people with 9 wounded. Texas and Georgia each had 5.

California, which has some of the strictest gun laws, saw 0.015 shootings per 100,000 people. Texas, which has very unrestrictive state gun laws, had nearly the same at 0.0167 per 100,000 people. Georgia had 0.045 per 100,000 people.

Criminal attorney Arash Hashemi told NTD, a sister outlet of The Epoch Times, that in his opinion there’s no easy answer to how gun laws should be handled.

“We need both sides to sit down and listen to what’s going on. I know one side says we need to ban guns, one side said there would be no regulation. But there needs to be a meeting of the minds in the middle,” Hashemi said.

California is moving ahead to implement more gun restrictions. The new state Senate Bill 918, which is currently on its way through the legislature, would ban the carrying of guns in most public areas, regardless of whether someone has a carry license or not.

However Hashemi suggested a slightly different approach. He said the Second Amendment can’t be violated, but he thinks certain people should be restricted from owning a firearm.

“I think California needs to implement these background checks but at the same time make sure they don’t infringe on people’s rights to bear arms,” Hashemi said.

He said vetting gun buyers for red flags like mental illness or psychiatric medication is important.

He added that the importance of the Second Amendment is to give the civilians of the United States a check on the government.

The greatest number of casualties and injuries at an active shooter incident in 2021 was 15, at both a FedEx center in Indiana and a Kroger grocery store in Tennessee.

June had the most with 12, and December had the least with 1.

The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more people engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. The 2021 report is limited to these incidents and does not include other gun-related situations like self-defense, drug violence, or gang violence.

Tyler Durden
Sat, 08/06/2022 – 22:30

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Food supply THREAT: If California cuts off water to farms, ALL of America will face food shortages

(Natural News) It has become something of a joke to many conservatives to wish the worst for California due to the state’s left-leaning political structure. But what many “red” state inhabitants fail to recognize is that without Californian agriculture, the country would starve. Fresh leafy greens, citrus fruits, almonds, avocados, rice, and so much more is […]

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California Water Futures Hit Record-High On Worsening Drought

California Water Futures Hit Record-High On Worsening Drought

California is several years into one of the worst droughts in state history, sending the price of water across the Golden State to record highs. 

The price of water on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index topped $1,144.14 an acre-foot on June 27, up more than 56% since the start of the year and 350% since the beginning of 2020. 

Nasdaq Veles California Water Index is the world’s first water futures contract. It’s based on the state’s five actively traded water markets and is priced in US dollars per Acre Foot ($/AF).

Since the index is an aggregate, some drought-stricken areas are trading much higher than others. 

Sarah Woolf, president of Water Wise, a water brokerage and consultancy based in Fresno, told Bloomberg that water trading in the Westlands Water District, a water district in central California, is around $2,000 AF. It’s also the most significant agricultural water district in the country. It has been a focal point for many controversial water issues in California because of its increasing demand for crops. 

In “California To Cut Water To Cities And Farmland Amid Persisting Drought” and “California’s Farmland Rapidly Turns To Dust Amid Water Crisis,” we have pointed out how the historic drought has forced even those who hold the most senior water rights to reduce consumption under California Governor Gavin Newsom state of emergency. 

Woolf said high water prices make it uneconomical for farmers to maintain farmland. In California’s San Joaquin Valley, a million acres of cropland or more could be reduced to dust in the next few decades due to strict water restrictions. 

The water index has a strong positive correlation to drought conditions in the state. 

Water is a precious and scarce commodity in California. There’s also a growing presence of groups against Wall Street commodifying water in the state and have asked for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to shutter water trading because it’s “dystopic and horrifying.” 

If Wall Street can manipulate gold markets, imagine what big institutional traders can do in water markets… 

Tyler Durden
Tue, 08/02/2022 – 18:25

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California Recession Incoming

California Recession Incoming

Authored by John Seiler via The Epoch Times,

recession is hitting California. The only question is how hard it will be.

The July Finance Bulletin by Keely Bosler, director of the California Department of Finance, calculated for the personal income tax (PIT), “Cash receipts for June were $3.345 billion below the forecast of $16.939 billion.” The actual receipts were $13.594 billion.

Receipts vary month to month because of when people file their tax reports. So it’s best to compare a particular month to the same month in the previous year. According to the July 2021 report, “Cash receipts for June were also $1.783 billion above the month’s forecast of $15.312 billion.” So the actual receipts were $17.095 billion a year ago June.

Put them together. June 2021 actual receipts were $17.095 billion and for June 2022, $13.594 billion. That was a drop of $3.501 billion, or 20 percent. If that continues, the yearly loss for fiscal year 2021-22, which began on July 1, would be $42 billion.

The expected $97 billion surplus would be only $55 billion. All that surplus money Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature promised to spend in June would have to be cut by $42 billion.

And this recession is only starting, its depth unknown. If the PIT receipts drop another $42 billion, the surplus is slashed to $13 billion.

Do it again, and it’s a deficit of $29 billion.

Fortunately, the Enacted Budget report says it “includes $37.2 billion in budgetary reserves.” If a $29 billion deficit were deducted from that, only $8.2 billion in reserves would be left.

I’ll haul up there with the numbers, because we’re getting into too much speculation.

But the point is the state’s $97 billion surplus could evaporate faster than a 7-Eleven 32-ounce Big Gulp poured on the concrete at noon in July in Needles, Calif.

This has been the spastic pattern for decades, especially since the state became a high-tech center. Good years bring record profits, dividends, and spending by the wealthy tech titans. Bad years bring slowdowns and even bankruptcies.

Yet the state never uses the surpluses sensibly as a bridge for tax reform that would even out the ups and downs.

The Washington Post headlined on July 23: “Big Tech lay-offs and hiring freezes prompt recession fears.” The story: “News of layoffs and hiring slowdowns have become commonplace across Silicon Valley. Start-ups are saying capital is drying up.”

One reason the tech companies go in big cycles is purchases of their products can be postponed. People have to eat, but the new iPhone purchase can be postponed, and the Netflix subscription can be suspended.

The July 2022 Department of Finance Bulletin also calculated, “California real GDP contracted by 1 percent in the first quarter of 2022 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) basis, following 9.5-percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2021 and annual growth of 7.8 percent in 2021.”

A negative second quarter would indicate a recession.

June inflation hit 9.1 percent, the highest in four decades. Some analysts think it will subside. But even if it goes down to, say, 6 percent, that’s still a big problem.

There’s also the question of the real inflation rate. The calculations were changed three decades ago by the Clinton administration to make itself look better. The site ShadowStats, which calculates using the old formula, pegs the “corrected” number at 17.3 percent, the highest in 75 years.

If you’ve filled up your car lately, or bought hamburger, you know the ShadowStats figure is more accurate than the official government number.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, July 27, the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates again by 0.75 percent to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.50 percent. It’s supposed to dampen inflation. If it doesn’t, then more rate hikes will be coming down the pike.

Which will mean an even worse recession. I hope you’re ready. The state of California is not.

Tyler Durden
Sat, 07/30/2022 – 21:30

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Amid Recession Fears, Economically Free States Continue to Outperform

By Vance Ginn and Erik Randolph for RealClearPolicy Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently responded to questions about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ads airing in Florida, “It’s almost hard to drive people out of a place like California given all their natural advantages, and yet they are finding a way to do it.” He noted that California […]

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