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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a historic constitutional amendment this week. And by “historic” — one really means “draconian.”
Dubbed the 28th Amendment, this proposal seeks to enshrine stringent gun control measures into the U.S. Constitution.
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“Our ability to make a more perfect union is literally written into the Constitution,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“So today, I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to do just that. The 28th Amendment will enshrine in the Constitution common sense gun safety measures that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners overwhelmingly support – while leaving the 2nd Amendment unchanged and respecting America’s gun-owning tradition,” he added.
NEW: I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to help end our nation’s gun violence crisis.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 8, 2023
The American people are sick of Congress’ inaction.
The 28th will enshrine 4 widely supported gun safety freedoms — while leaving the 2nd Amendment intact:
The 28th Amendment Would Enshrine the Following:
- Raising the federal minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21;
- Mandating universal background checks to prevent truly dangerous people from purchasing a gun that could be used in a crime;
- Instituting a reasonable waiting period for all gun purchases; and
- Barring civilian purchase of assault weapons that serve no other purpose than to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time – weapons of war our nation’s founders never foresaw.
Furthermore, the 28th Amendment will confirm the ability of Congress, states, and local governments to implement further gun control.
For this amendment to pass, it requires a constitutional convention, a major event necessitating approval from 33 other states beyond California. Newsom plans to work with grassroots supporters and other leaders to push for similar resolutions in other states.
Newsom claims that California has a positive track record in gun safety and that it serves as a could a potential model for others to follow.
What Critics Are Saying
Fuck you. No.— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) June 8, 2023
However, this ambitious proposal doesn’t come without its critics.
Mark Oliva, managing director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, expressed strong disapproval in an email to GunsAmerica.
Oliva asserts that Newsom’s proposal seeks to shape the nation in the image of the governor’s vision of California – a vision many Californians are actively leaving behind.
Oliva deems Newsom’s proposal as revealing an autocratic inclination, fearing it could degrade Second Amendment rights into mere privileges distributed by government bureaucracies.
“We’ve seen the corruption, crime and chaos that Governor Newsom’s policies have brought to California,” wrote Oliva. “That’s hardly a vision for the rest of America and only underscores the foresight of the Founding Fathers when they understood our rights are granted to us by our Creator, not governments, and to raise such a high bar to amend the Constitution to protect Americans from politicians and their special-interest agendas hell-bent on erasing our rights.”
What Are Your Thoughts?
While it’s unlikely that Newsom succeeds in his quest to ratify the 28th Amendment, what are your thoughts of his ambitious effort?
Do you believe he is really serious or is this more of a strategic move to stay in the media spotlight, potentially paving the way for a 2024 presidential run?
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