Editorial: Newsom’s Texas-style gun ploy is an emotionally satisfying, and very bad, idea

Editorial: Newsom’s Texas-style gun ploy is an emotionally satisfying, and very bad, idea

California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento in February. Perhaps Gov. Gavin Newsom was only joking on Saturday when he called for a Texas-style law that would prod Californians to sue one another over guns, just as SB 8 incentivizes Texans to seek bounties to block abortions. Maybe he was speaking only out of frustration, or maybe he just wanted to buck up fellow blue-staters who are rightly appalled that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t strike down the Texas law last week and instead appears headed toward embracing further constraints on women’s control of their bodies while loosening restrictions on the ability to carry and use dangerous weapons. But he certainly seems serious. Newsom said that his office is working on a bill and that he’d consult with his attorney general appointee, Rob Bonta , about how best to proceed. In either case, the governor’s statements and actions will no doubt play well with a majority of Californians, six months before they head to the polls for the first round of voting on whether to give Bonta a first full term and Newsom a second. But the idea is just plain wrongheaded . The Texas Heartbeat Act , and the Supreme Court’s hands-off response, are odious not merely because they restrict rights that have been deemed fundamental for nearly half a century. The right to a safe and legal abortion aside, what Texas and the Supreme Court have done undermines principles on which American democracy and jurisprudence are built, including […]

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