Newsom: ‘2A is becoming a suicide pact’

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Monterey Park, over the weekend, California Gov. Gavin Newsom told CBS News that tougher gun laws are needed in the state. And that he will keep pushing for them.

Late Saturday night, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran opened fire at a Lunar New Year celebration at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park. The attack left 11 people dead with several others wounded.

Gov. Newsom has seized this tragedy to once again call for stricter firearm restrictions.

When asked how a pistol, which was illegal in California, was obtained and used in this shooting, Newsom responded, “we will figure it out. That’s going to happen. You got to enforce laws. Things fall through the cracks, but it doesn’t mean you give up.” 

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Tran is reported to have used a “high-capacity magazine” which could be anything over 10 rounds in California.

The short clip of Newsom’s responses to CBS is composed of indirect, contradictory, and disconnected comments.

Newsom stated, “Nothing about this is surprising. Everything about this is infuriating,” yet the laws California enforces are supposedly meant to make situations such as these a rarity and a surprise.

Further, he describes the Second Amendment as “a suicide pact” while claiming in the same breath that he has “great respect and no ideological opposition against someone who reasonably and responsibly owns a firearm.”

Gov. Newsom did, however, recognize the role of mental health in these tragedies.

“I’m really proud of the work we’ve done in this space, but we’ve had decades of neglect,” he stated. “But respectfully, I will submit that regardless of the challenges it relates to behavioral health, there’s not a country in the world that doesn’t experience behavioral health issues.”

The shooting suspect was found dead in a van Sunday afternoon with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The motive behind the shooting is still being investigated.

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About the author: P. H. Everett grew up in a small town in southeastern Idaho. He spent his free time exploring and developing an affection for the outdoors. While attending college he worked at a local sporting goods store. Here, he fostered his passion not only for the outdoors and hunting but also for firearms, reloading, and shooting. He takes every opportunity to get in the mountains and his love for everything firearms and outdoors continues to grow.

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  • Mark Buck March 2, 2023, 12:30 pm

    If gruesome(newsom) would make the attorney general enforce the hundreds of gun laws already on the books and not allow criminals to plea bargain out of gun charges, gun use in the state would decrease. I spent 30 years working one of Commifornia’s toughest prisons, and learned how inmates brag about plea bargaining out of gun charges with sentencing enhancements so it didn’t go to trial, laughing at how it is easy to use a gun and get away with it.

  • Jim January 30, 2023, 6:34 pm

    2A is a suicide pact. For the bad guys!

  • Keith January 30, 2023, 4:55 pm

    Well if we take out all your gun control states and cities our country is extremely safe.
    Funny it happens in DEMOCRAT controlled state and cities with EXTREMELY ANTI GUN POLICIES. Just a coincidence? How about an intelligence test to see who’s qualified to vote.
    Theres alot of politicians who need a test to see if their qualified to hold office.
    Then let’s check their Financials, are you working for the people or your own financial gains.

  • mtman2 January 30, 2023, 4:20 pm

    No doubt there are direct financial rewards to Democ•rats in allowing the flood of both druge(esp fentynal) and child trafficking(child rape for profit) in kickbacks to their Atheist Marxist Party…!
    This should be uncovered= “always follow the money”
    These crimes against all humanity are of the Darkest sort as well in the political realm is TREASON
    On either end and thru▪︎out this Evil spectrum the sentences should be “The Death Penalty”

  • john seiple January 30, 2023, 11:02 am

    This all started when the insane asylums were closed, Change my mind…

    • mtman2 January 30, 2023, 4:24 pm

      True nobody normal just decides to shoot anybody & everybody for no real reason = it’s Satanically Evil…!

  • Jons_On January 30, 2023, 10:47 am

    These mass shootings have nothing to do with the 2nd amendment and everything to do with the nutcases running around California (like the governor). Banning firearms from law abiding citizens will do nothing to stop mass killings. Maybe if the would-be mass shooter (or other criminal) thought that it would be highly likely that he or she will end up shot should they go through with their crime they may stop and think twice about committing it. The 2nd amendment was put in the Constitution to keep people like Gavin Gruesome from going too far. This governor has gone too far and as far as I’m concerned the citizens of California have every right to use that 2nd amendment to stop this far leftist governor and put his tyranny to an end.

  • Dave January 30, 2023, 10:25 am

    Our relationship with our government has long been a “suicide pact”! Screw you Newsome, really, just go get bent!

  • Kane January 30, 2023, 10:08 am

    Over 75,000 US deaths of fentanyl per year and DEA is requested an increase of $335.5 million for 2023.

    The fake POTUS (genuine POS) is letting narco-terrorists wax fat on running drugs over the border. China is waging the same type of war on the US that Britain waged on China. Mexico could be forced to slow this flow of death into the US but the power elite in the US wants Americans to die. All of America will look like the the dying youth on the streets of Philadephia. The CIA controlled press remains silent.

    The US sent troops into Panama several years ago to purportedly stop the global flow of drugs, ha.

    Government solutions are in fact hidden agendas. “Its the lie we don’e believe any more.”

    There are all sorts of suicide pacts floating around, pick one. I will NOT comply with people like Newsome.

    • Jim January 30, 2023, 6:38 pm

      Unka Joe’s getin his 10%. Straight into his Chinese bank account.

  • Jerry January 30, 2023, 9:55 am

    They spout these “statistics” counting on you trusting them, because the sheep are lazy, and trusting of their leaders who the leftist media has assured them they have voted into place. The leftist media is foaming rabid about keeping you from ‘alternate’ news sources. Anybody remember the uptick in listenership when madame hillary ordered us to not listen to fox or rush? They dump on you for quoting the fbi or cdc,for stats that show that out of, like, ten countries, the us is close to or at the top for murders, and youse take out the democrat-run megalopolises of la, dc, nyc, et.c., we drop to the bottom of the list. And fall off the list when you take self-defense off of gun violence category. And “the children!” dieing from guns, increased when they began including 21 yearolds as children, another boost when they included 23yros, and yet again when that childhood gun death stat now includes 27 yros. There are 3 kinds of untruths; lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    • mtman2 January 30, 2023, 4:31 pm

      Tho WE the sheep dogs & Shepherds must see who are the wolves, coyotes and rogue wild dogs that want to rend the flock of OUR fellow countrymen, women and children and what their Evil plans and motives are…!

      At their core these are mostly Atheist Marxist’s at best and Toletarian Communist at worst = all antiAmerican

  • Steve Cushman January 27, 2023, 9:04 pm

    If Tran possessed the MAC 11/9 when Roberti-Roos went into effect & he registered it with the CA DOJ it wasn’t a so called “illegal gun”.
    It would be no different if I was still a CA resident. I had a CA registered 1999 Colt A2 HBAR Sporter & high cap magazines made before 1995 which were legal when I moved out of state on 12/31/2012. While I have family & property in CA I will not take it or high cap magazines into CA until the AW & high cap mag bans are bounced by the 9th Circus or SCOTUS.

  • MTHead January 27, 2023, 2:21 pm

    “No other country in the world is terrorized by this constant stream of gun violence. We need real gun reform at a national level.”
    Except say, Mexico, which has the same laws California’s governor wishes he could enact. And a host of other places with problems even worse than here. (Who needs guns when you can just import hutus?)
    Funny he doesn’t mention communism as being suicide pact. Cause he’s been hard at that one his entire career.
    What a putz. And he’s the best the dem’s have.

  • Alan Pina January 27, 2023, 1:34 pm

    this guy has destroyed california . bought and paid for by the global eleites

  • Michael J January 27, 2023, 11:56 am

    Americans beware, this moron wants to be president of the United States.

  • MM in Havasu January 27, 2023, 10:08 am

    Idiots like this are why we escaped Commiefornya in 2014 for good. This despot is a communist from the word “go”, and the sheeple there keep voting in garbage like this.
    We don’t have these problems here in Arizona where I live.

    • BE Davis Brown January 27, 2023, 6:30 pm

      Well we do have Hobbs for now, I’d rather Kari win her case to keep AZ red than it goes to recall but now it’s wait and see.

  • Jon Anono January 27, 2023, 9:45 am

    Seems like being a lefty democrat is a DEATH CULT!
    Change my mind….
    These people DESTROY, people,economies,liberties. Funny how they support everything thats going wrong in our Country and people seem to be clueless to what these bastards are doing.

  • Mark January 27, 2023, 9:10 am

    Ah…no Newsom..what America needs is Politician control.
    Practically everything I can think of that the American Politicians have had a hand in, has ultimately been to the detriment of America’s citizens.
    Politicians have or are trying to convince at least half of America that they are in charge, not it’s citizens.
    America desperately needs term limits.

  • Mark January 27, 2023, 9:10 am

    Ah…no Newsom..what America needs is Politician control.
    Practically everything I can think of that the American Politicians have had a hand in, has ultimately been to the detriment of America’s citizens.
    Politicians have or are trying to convince at least half of America that they are in charge, not it’s citizens.
    America desperately needs term limits.

  • Wharf Rat January 27, 2023, 7:25 am

    No. Living in California and electing any democrat is a suicide pact.

    • Phil January 27, 2023, 9:10 am

      So maybe Gavin is conserned about Kalifornia being sued for not ennsuring one of their gun laws was followed. Wasn’t that law passed to protect their residents? Notice I did not say citizens.

  • Laddyboy January 27, 2023, 6:35 am

    It is a shame the government is RENEGING on its RESPONSIBILITY to keep the NORMAL INNOCENT People safe! It IS a SHAME the INEPT government has shown their DERELICTION OF DUTY which FORCED a person to DO THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB! The FIRST RESPONDERS MUST NOT be prosecuted!!!

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment January 27, 2023, 4:57 am

    And your answer is to create more criminal safe zones and disarm future victims while keeping violent offenders out on the streets………

    • Tom January 27, 2023, 9:41 am

      That is a fact!

    • Big Al 45 January 27, 2023, 11:00 am

      And THAT is the “suicide pact”, coddling criminals