Newsom set to fast-track gun control measures

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California has more gun control than any other state in the nation. Among other things, they’ve got a slow-motion handgun ban, universal background checks, and even require a background check for ammunition purchases. They’ve got stuff I don’t see how it survived legal challenges.

And yet, it seems that for Gov. Gavin Newsom, it’s not nearly enough.

“Before parents had even identified their dead children after Tuesday’s horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Tweeted about gun violence and crowed that California’s gun control laws work, implying there would be more to come,” the Globe reported. Then Newsom held a press conference immediately to announce he would be signing the 12 new gun control bills lawmakers drafted overnight, and said “when California moves, other states move.”

Newsom is making good on his promise.

Judiciary Committees in the Assembly and Senate Tuesday passed two of the Governor’s sponsored gun safety bills. “The Committees passed legislation creating a private right of action to limit the spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns (SB 1327), as well as a bill restricting advertising of firearms to minors (AB 2571). The action comes at the urging of the Governor and legislative leaders following the tragic elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead,” the Governor’s press statement on Tuesday said.

Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners of Californiatold the Globe last week that none of the new gun control bills proposed by Newsom in California would have prevented the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. “Absolutely none of the bills in California or the new ones in Washington D.C would have any impact on the Uvalde, Texas school shooting,” Paredes said.

Paredes is, of course, right.

First, it’s already illegal to spread a given weapon type illegally. I mean, I thought that was obvious, but I’m not a California Democrat, so I might be wrong. Still, Newsom pushed for it and his rubber-stamp legislature passed it.

And I hate to break it to people, there’s actually no firearm being advertised toward minors. Yes, there are some designed for kids, but guess where the advertising for those products tends to end up? That’s right, in gun and outdoor magazines–the kinds actually published for adults. They’re the ones who buy the firearms, too, so it makes no sense to market to kids.

But this has been the latest bee in the anti-gun bonnet of people like Newsom. They already have about as much gun control as the Supreme Court is likely to allow–and I think this court may curtail them by quite a bit–but now they’re going to blame marketing because they figure it’s a way around federal law.

What’s happening here is that Newsom is latching onto horrific shootings as a justification for new gun control measures that won’t actually prevent such an attack.

He’s using the bodies of dead children as a soapbox from which to push that agenda onto the people of California. In a truly just society, he’d be blasted and ridiculed for doing such a thing, but we don’t have a just society, apparently. We’ve got this one.