Gavin Newsom Says 2nd Amendment ‘Becoming A Suicide Pact’ Amid Mass Shootings

Gavin Newsom Says 2nd Amendment ‘Becoming A Suicide Pact’ Amid Mass Shootings

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Monday the Second Amendment “is becoming a suicide pact,” amid a series of mass shootings in the past week that have devastated the state.

Speaking to “CBS Evening News” near the scene of Saturday’s deadly shooting in Monterey Park, where a gunman killed at least 11 people and wounded nine others inside a dance hall, Newsom denounced how commonplace they have become. those tragedies.

“None of this is surprising,” the governor said. “This is all infuriating.”

Newsom criticized the Second Amendment, calling it a “suicide pact,” but noted it has nothing against responsible gun owners undergoing background checks and training.

He said California will continue to implement gun control measures as the data supports that approach.

In July, Newsom signed a bill, inspired by Texas’ six-week abortion ban, that allows citizens to sue gun manufacturers and dealers whose products have harmed them.

California has a gun death rate 37% lower than the national average, according to the Giffords Law Center.

“And yet, with all that evidence, no one on the other side seems to give a damn,” Newsom told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell. “They can’t do anything in Congress.”

Last summer, Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun safety bill, which contained modest restrictions on gun purchases but failed to include more significant provisions that gun safety advocates had been calling for, such as raising the minimum age for buy semi-automatic rifles at 21, or ban assault weapons.

While California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country, Monterey Park suspect Huu Can Tran allegedly used a modified 9mm submachine gun-style semi-automatic weapon, according to The Associated Press. That firearm is illegal in California.

A man whose family owned another business that Tran tried to target confronted him and managed to remove that gun from his possession. Authorities later recovered another handgun inside the suspect’s truck.

Newsom vowed that authorities will find out how Tran obtained the illegal weapon.

On Monday, two additional shootings took place in Half Moon Bay, killing at least seven people.

Newsom said he was made aware of those events while he was in a hospital meeting with the victims of the earlier shooting.

“Tragedy upon tragedy,” he wrote on Twitter.

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