California Governor Gavin Newsom Calls the Second Amendment a “Suicide Pact”

( – Following the recent massacre at a dance hall in Monterey Park which left 11 people dead, California Governor Gavin Newsom pushes for more gun control, declaring that the Second Amendment is becoming a “suicide pact” in a CBS interview.

Norah O’Donnell, the reporter interviewing Newsom, responded that many Americans are responsible gun owners, to which the governor said he has “no ideological opposition” to responsible gun owners who have been trained and gone through background checks.

The shooter who attacked the dance hall in Monterey Park took his own life inside his vehicle while police pursued him. He also used an extended magazine for his rifle, which is already outlawed in the State of California. Newsom said “things fall through the cracks, but it doesn’t mean you give up,” and seems intent on enacting even more firearms restrictions in response to the incident.

Just a few days later, another shooting took place in Half Moon Bay, killing 7, which the governor was briefed on while meeting with Monterey Park victims.

California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet these laws do not seem to prevent mass shootings, leading many to question how effective such restrictions really are when it comes to addressing the problem of gun violence in America

In his CBS interview, Newsom did acknowledge mental health as a factor in these situations, yet claimed progress is slow when addressing this factor, citing “decades of neglect” as the reason.

Urban areas across the entire country have seen a rise in criminal activity in general over the last three years, especially in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and a great deal of the violence comes from stabbings rather than shootings. Of course, we don’t see any politicians calling for knife restriction. Perhaps addressing factors like mental health, economic recession, inflation, and rising food costs may be a better approach to figuring out why so many are going off the deep end.

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