In a thoroughly strange interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS Evening News, California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that the Second Amendment is a “suicide pact.”
Almost immediately following the tragic Monterey Park mass shooting Sunday, Gov. Newsom and California Democrats blamed “gun violence,” and immediately pivoted to the need for more gun control measures.
Why is it that the first thing the left always does after a horrible tragedy is to attack the Second Amendment?
O’Donnell and Newsom were walking and talking about the mass shooting Sunday which killed 11 people, at a dance studio in Monterey Park, during a Lunar New Year celebration. You can see in the video the governor’s armed security detail.
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“One person who visited this community today was California Governor Gavin Newsom to offer his condolences to victims and their families,” O’Donnell said.
“It’s a disgrace,” Newsom said. “Nothing about this is surprising. Everything about this is infuriating.”
O’Donnell noted, “California has the strictest gun laws in the U.S.”
“I mean, the Second Amendment has become a suicide pact… it feels like,” Newsom said. “And that’s the only question the community wants… I mean, what about our kids when they’re going to school? What more can we do?”
Newsom talked about the “half-dozen” gun control bills he signed into law last year. And he said “we will continue with the bills we can… will continue to lead the gun safety conversation…”
Then Gov. Newsom went off the rails.
“The data bears out, saves lives,” Newsom said, claiming “California’s gun death rate is 30% lower than the rest of the nation,” ignoring the staggering rising crime in the state.
“And yet, with all that evidence, no one on the other side seems to give a damn,” he added. “They can’t get anything done in Congress.”
“But there are many in this country that support the Second Amendment and are lawful gun owners,” O’Donnell said, pushing back.
“Yeah, I have great respect,” Newsom said. “I have no ideological opposition to someone reasonably and responsibly owning firearms and getting background checks and being trained.”
That’s a good thing since Gov. Newsom has 20 well-armed California Highway Patrol on his own security detail.
“How did he get a gun that is illegal in the state of California?” O’Donnell asked.
“We will figure it out,” Newsom said. “This is going to happen. We enforce laws, but things get through the cracks, but that doesn’t mean you give up.”
“Respectfully, I will submit that, regardless of the challenges as it relates to behavioral health, there is not a country in the world that doesn’t experience behavioral health issues.”
The Public Policy Institute of California has reported on the dramatic increase in homicides and crimes using guns in the state:
In 2020, California saw a troubling rise of more than 500 homicides, the largest jump in state history since record-keeping began in 1960.
California saw 1,658 homicides in 2019; the number climbed to 2,161 in 2020—an increase of 503 homicides (or 30.3%). Of these deaths, gun homicides jumped by 460 in 2020 (or 40.6%). In other words, the increase in gun deaths account for 91% of the overall jump in homicides.
Gun use was notable in other violent crimes as well. For example, aggravated assaults rose by 8.4%, and assaults with a firearm jumped by 39.2%, And although robberies decreased by 10%, the share of robberies involving a firearm rose from 23.9% of all robberies to 25%.
“Firearm Bills signed into law last year by Newsom penalized law abiding gun owners once again while he and the legislature relaxed penalties on criminals,” said Rick Travis of the CA Rifle and Pistol Association. “The policies of the Governor and the Legislature have created a climate where criminal behavior is not only allowed but supported. The people of California need their leaders to address the crime wave in this state because we all see the evidence daily of their failed policies.”
“BreedsSF” on Twitter had this to say about Gov. Newsom’s comments:
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