Stockton Shooting Tragedy Led To Tougher Gun Laws

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 16, 2009

Five children were shot to death and more than 30 others were injured when a drifter named Patrick Purdy walked onto campus with an assault rifle and opened fire. He then killed himself. 

The tragedy spurred California lawmakers to pass the nation’s first ban on assault weapons. Paul Helmke is president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington DC.   

“It really started California becoming the leading state in the country dealing with the issue of gun violence. California’s our most active state in the country and a lot of those are individuals who got involved because of this shooting 20 years ago in Stockton.” 

This morning, students and teachers at Cleveland Elementary observed a moment of silence to mark the anniversary. And the University of the Pacific held a fundraising event today to help the school pay for picnic tables.