After San Jose Mass Shooting, California Governor Renews Call for Gun Control

After San Jose Mass Shooting, California Governor Renews Call for Gun Control

A woman leaves the scene where a man killed nine people at a light rail yard in San Jose this week. California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom lambasted the “sameness and numbness” of America’s mass shootings. Noah Berger The Associated Press California Gov. Gavin Newsom made an impassioned plea for national action on gun control after a shooter killed nine people in a San Jose light rail yard this week—the deadliest mass shooting in the state this year. The Democrat, who leads a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, was exasperated when speaking with reporters after the shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority facility. Newsom called on public officials to move beyond platitudes and take responsibility for the epidemic of gun violence in the nation. “What the hell’s going on in the United States?” Newsom said . “What the hell’s wrong with us? And when are we going to come to grips with this? When are we going to put down our arms, literally and figuratively?” This was the latest in a string of mass shootings this year, which have prompted gun safety advocates and some lawmakers nationwide to renew calls to further restrict gun ownership. Mass shootings are on the rise across the country from last year, as states begin easing pandemic restrictions and more people return to public life. But many Republican lawmakers argue restrictions are not the answer and are pushing laws that would ease gun permit and age requirements […]

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