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Another mass shooting: 10 killed at Chinese New Year fest in LA; What will Biden say now?

"Enough!" - In a sheer lack of sense of proportion, President Biden had reacted to yet another boy, just of 15 years, shooting dead five people in North Carolina some time ago, besides sounding like he is going to put an end to American gun violence instantly! After the latest LA episode, he is yet to react! Biden presents a brilliant comparison to Indian Chief Ministers for their stupid reactions in similar circumstances of recent months!

For sure, gun violence will continue as long as the gun is there! Primarily meant for self-defence, how many times - or what percentage of all firings - it has successfully defended the carriers and saved lives and how? Has there been a survey?

LOS ANGELES (California, US), Jan 22: Ten people were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded dance studio in a Los Angeles suburb on Saturday night. Ten others wounded have been admitted to hospitals. Several of them are in critical condition.

The incident took place when the Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve celebrations were going on in the area where mostly Asians reside. Tens of thousands had gathered around the place as the two-day festival, that marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar, began.

The gunman opened fire in the ballroom dance studio on West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, near the downtown blocks where the festival was being held, on Saturday night, the LA Times quoted the County Sheriff’s Department. The incident occurred at 10:22 pm, about 10 km east of Los Angeles, the police told reporters Sunday morning.

There was no info on the shooter who is at large. Nor do the police know whether the shooting was targeted.

While the firefighters pronounced 10 victims as dead at the scene, the injured 10 were taken to hospitals.

The owner of a seafood barbecue restaurant on Garvey Avenue just opposite the scene of shooting said he was told by people running away about a gunman with a semi-automatic gun firing indiscriminately and reloading. He said his friend who escaped the shooting told him later the club owner was among those killed.

The Lunar New Year festival was cancelled following the incident.

Recent mass shootings

Last Monday, a 10-month old baby, her 16-year-old mother and a grandmother were among six shot dead in Goshen in Tulare County.

Last time when a mass shooting took place in Los Angeles was on Christmas Eve in 2008. A man dressed as Santa Claus entered a home in Covina and shot nine people dead. In 1984, In San Ysidro McDonald’s, a gunman killed 21 people. In 2015, a terrorist attack claimed 14 lives in San Bernardino.

Located east of Los Angeles, Monterey Park is 65% Asian American, 27% Latino and 6% White, according to census data.

President Biden's reaction

President Joe Biden has been briefed by the Homeland Security about the Los Angeles shooting, it is reported.

Reacting to the North Carolina shooting on October 13, he had said, "There is so much gun violence that many killings do not even make the news anymore."

"Enough. We've grieved and prayed with too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings," he said in a statement, a day after the shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five people had lost their lives and two wounded. The shooter was just 15 years old.


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Can we ask the vaccinator, "Do you pull back the plunger and then push the vaccine? Do you Aspirate?" When the vaccination for covid started there were reports of worrisome incidents of adverse events post immunisation, the serious complaints being non-specific blood clots. These related to viral vector vaccines of human and non-human source: AstraZeneca and Janssen. How did it happen. There are various views. But here is a suggestion how simply it can be prevented.

Marking a fierce but interesting competition among the billionaires, adventure specialist Richard Branson launched commercial space travel from his 'Spaceport America' on Sunday, pipping the world's richest man, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, to the post, becoming the early bird to fly to the edge of space as the first private space tourist nine days earlier than his rival. Although he did not cross the Karman line.

President Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Bill making June 19 a federal public holiday to commemorate the symbolic end of chattel slavery in the US.

The Mars rover, a six-wheeled, SUV-sized robotic vehicle, sailed through space for seven months to land on a prime spot for geo-biological study of the red planet for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life. It takes radio waves 11 minutes to reach Earth. (Listen to:- DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?:)

While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

A pair of socks gifted to her by her niece displayed on her legs has done the job for Gumball Poodle. The demand for 'Future is Female' is skyrocketing indeed. What more could one ask for?
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