Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), while flanked by armed guards, called the Second Amendment of the Constitution of The United States, our sacred right to keep and bear arms, a “suicide pact.”
Newsom was giving a walking interview to CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell about the tragic dance hall shooting at Monterey Park, Saturday that claimed 11 lives and injured 9 people. With his armed guards within arm's reach, Newsome said, “Nothing about this is surprising. Everything about this is infuriating. The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact.”
To her credit, O'Donnell pushed back on Newsom noting, “But there's many people in this country that support the second amendment and are lawful gun owners.”
After California Governor Newsome called the Second Amendment a “suicide pact”, CBS's Norah O'Donnell actually pushes back on him:
“But there's many people in this country that support the second amendment and are lawful gun owners.” pic.twitter.com/pqUTmj7zG7
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) January 23, 2023
Newsom in response rapidly walked it back claiming to “support” and have “great respect” for “reasonably and responsibly owning firearms and getting background checks and being trained.”
In July 2022, Newsom signed SB 1327 into law allowing Californians to sue anyone who manufactures, sells, transports or distributes so-called “assault weapons” or “ghost guns” for a minimum of $10,000 in damages.
According to Timcast News, Newsom said in a statement at the time, “Our message to the criminals spreading illegal weapons in California is simple: you have no safe harbor here in the Golden State. While the Supreme Court rolls back reasonable gun safety measures, California continues adding new ways to protect the lives of our kids.”
He continued, “California will use every tool at its disposal to save lives, especially in the face of an increasingly extreme Supreme Court.”
Newsom added that his state officials looked at a half dozen gun safety bills last year and had dedicated themselves to finding “whatever loopholes we can” to “lead the national conversation on gun safety reform.”
However, based on the data available, Newsom's actions are counterintuitive.
In June, Fox News reported that states with a higher rate of gun ownership do not have a correlated increase in gun murders.
George Mason University Professor Emerita Joyce Lee Malcolm told Fox News “Gun ownership is higher in states with fewer restrictions, and homicide rates in these states are lower. People can protect themselves.” The data showed that many states with higher per capita gun ownership had lower or similar murder and gun murder rates compared to states with stricter gun control.
According to The Post Millennial, despite the non-existent link between gun ownership and murder rates, Newsom is still blaming the GOP. He proffered the unfounded claim that California's ultra-strict gun laws “saves lives.” Saying, “No one on the other side seems to give a damn. I can't get anything in Congress.”