- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer drew hoots Thursday after saying California’s tough firearms restrictions show that “sensible gun laws work,” the day after a mass shooting in San Bernardino.

“The fact is, sensible gun laws work; we’ve proven it in California,” Ms. Boxer said at a news conference with Senate Democrats televised by CSPAN. “And we’re not going to give up.”

Her point was that in California firearms crime is on the decline overall — it’s been on the decline nationwide for 20 years — but the comment quickly became fodder for conservative commentators.

Truth Revolt’s Trey Sanchez called it “one of the most ludicrous things that has ever passed a politician’s lips,” while I-Heart radio talk-show host Michael Brown described the comment as “[expletive] actually said today.”

“It worked so well against the San Bernardino terrorists, not to mention other mass shootings in California,” cracked the website Weasel Zippers.

The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher added, “If you doubt that sensible gun laws work, just check out recent events in California.”

The attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino left 14 dead and 21 injured, making it the second deadliest shooting in state history.

An Oct. 21 report by the Pew Research Center found that both gun-related deaths and non-fatal crimes are down since 1993, even though most people polled in 2013 were under the impression that such crimes are on the rise.

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