“Before parents had even identified their dead children after Tuesday’s horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Tweeted about gun violence and crowed that California’s gun control laws work, implying there would be more to come,” the Globe reported. Then Newsom held a press conference immediately to announce he would be signing the 12 new gun control bills lawmakers drafted overnight, and said “when California moves, other states move.”
Newsom is making good on his promise.
Judiciary Committees in the Assembly and Senate Tuesday passed two of the Governor’s sponsored gun safety bills. “The Committees passed legislation creating a private right of action to limit the spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns (SB 1327), as well as a bill restricting advertising of firearms to minors (AB 2571). The action comes at the urging of the Governor and legislative leaders following the tragic elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead,” the Governor’s press statement on Tuesday said.
Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, told the Globe last week that none of the new gun control bills proposed by Newsom in California would have prevented the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. “Absolutely none of the bills in California or the new ones in Washington D.C would have any impact on the Uvalde, Texas school shooting,” Paredes said.
Yet Gov. Newsom insists California’s many gun control laws have kept Californians safer than other states. He cited a PPIC report which places California in 17th place for mass shootings. “Compared to citizens of other states, Californians are about 25% less likely to die in mass shootings. Between 2019 and 2021, the state’s annual mass shooting homicide rate of 1.4 per one million people was lower than the national average of 1.9,” the PPIC said.
Except during the pandemic, homicides in California increased dramatically.
“There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. in 2022 than days in the year,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said Tuesday.
Of the 267 mass shootings in the United States January to June 2022, the Globe counted 23 “mass shootings” in California alone, according to Gun Violence Archive 2022.
And notably, with Propositions 47 and 57, which decriminalized many violent felonies, California criminals are let out of jail or prison early, or never charged, and commit additional crimes, as happened with one of the suspects arrested in connection with the recent gang-related mass shooting near the California State Capitol. The suspect “served less than half of his 10-year sentence because of voter-approved changes to state law that lessened the punishment for his felony convictions and provided a chance for earlier release,” Yahoo reported.
“California has led the nation in reforming our laws to protect communities from gun violence,” Gov. Newsom said Tuesday. “This year is no different as we take decisive action to fast-track vital gun safety policies, even as recent federal court decisions threaten to make it more difficult to protect Californians from gun violence. Since the 1990s, our laws have prevented countless shootings and saved hundreds of lives. California isn’t waiting for Congress to act to protect our kids from needless gun violence.”
It’s not “gun violence” – the favorite expression by gun control advocates. Guns can’t fire themselves. Criminals are using the guns – usually illegally obtained – to commit their violent crimes.
California’s Democrat lawmakers introduced their package of gun control bills, never letting a crisis go to waste:
- SB 1327 (Hertzberg) would allow private citizens to sue gun manufacturers, distributors and traders for dealing assault weapons, .50 BMG rifles or ghost guns. The bill is sponsored by Governor Newsom.
- SB 906 (Portantino) would mandate school officials to report perceived threats of a mass shooting to law enforcement and require school districts to disseminate safe gun control storage information.
- SB 915 (Min) bans gun shows and firearm sales on state property.
- SB 1384 (Min) demands that gun dealers install video surveillance systems at their business sites.
- AB 2571 (Gabriel) outlaws advertising of firearms in manners that attract minors.
- AB 1594 (Ting) would allow the State Attorney General and individuals to sue gun manufacturers and sellers for harms.
- AB 1621 (Gipson) would further crack down on sales of ghost guns. Governor Newsom has signaled his full support for this extensive package of gun control legislation.
Another PPIC report on the increase in California homicides during the pandemic focused on crime numbers for Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco between January 1, 2020, and January 31, 2022: “Driven by gun-related deaths, the number of homicides increased by more than 500 statewide in 2020, the largest increase since the beginning of consistent crime recording in 1960. The number of aggravated assaults increased by 12%, and those involving a firearm jumped by almost 40%.”
The PPIC continued:”The number of homicides in San Diego remained unchanged in 2021, while Oakland’s jumped by 36%, and San Francisco and Los Angeles saw an increase of 17% and 13% respectively.”
“Robberies decreased statewide in 2020 by 14%, but rose by about 4% in 2021 in the four major cities. This was driven by a notable jump in Oakland—almost 20%—along with a 6% increase in Los Angeles. These increases brought numbers back to roughly where they were at the beginning of the pandemic. San Francisco and San Diego saw continued decreases in 2021, of 6% and 3% respectively.”
As for the two bills passed Tuesday, Sam Paredes explained:
AB 2571 Bauer-Kahan Firearms: Advertising to Minors. Will make it illegal to advertise any firearms stuff to minors. Author claims that manufacturers have been advertising with teddy bears to reach kids. The fact is that this will probably have a devastation impact on all materials focused on youth safety programs and even advertising to minors who are in training for future scholarship programs to major universities and Olympic Shooting teams. She did say that if gun manufacturers pay for product placement in violent video games that the would be in violation. Huge 1st Amendment problems as well as 2nd Amendment problems.
AB 1594 Ting Firearms Civil Suits: Allows basically anyone to sue a manufacturer, wholesaler or dealer whenever a firearm is used to commit a crime. Enhanced version of the Texas abortion issue. They either lie through their teeth or are legally illiterate when the do acknowledge that the only thing SCOTUS did regarding the Texas case is that they did not issue a stay on the law while it was making its way through the legal process. They DID NOT rule on the constitutionality of the Texas abortion law. So if SCOTUS ultimately declares the Texas law unconstitutional, then this bill will also be unconstitutional.
“The vast majority of all mass shootings take place in target rich environments – gun free zones,” Paredes said, “where the shooters are willing to commit a gross act of evil, and commit the highest body count they can.”
“Our policy leaders advertise ‘gun free zones’ inviting those people to do what they do.”
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