Newsom Wants to Add a 28th Amendment

( – The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, wants to add a 28th amendment to the US Constitution – one that would restrict the ownership of guns even further than currently, following a deadly wave of mass shootings across America that he says has produced an “echo chamber of despair.”

In the face of a series of judgments issued by a conservative US Supreme Court over the last few years, which have substantially rolled back federal gun laws, Governor Newsom’s proposals would raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21; make it mandatory for universal background checks to be run, institute a longer waiting time for all firearms purchases, and ban assault rifles.

Mass shootings in America have averaged almost one per week in 2023, and Governor Newsom has strongly campaigned for tougher gun safety laws for years, which has brought him strong support in a state where voters have traditionally voiced their opposition to the ease with which firearms and ammunition may be purchased. He has signed bills restricting the marketing of firearms to minors and banned people under 21 from owning certain classes of weapons.

However, the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment in a way that has already overridden the rules on concealed carry within the state of California, not to mention overriding state legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But Governor Newsom is sanguine about such setbacks, saying that he hopes that it will only need a few dozen more mass shootings before the balance of public opinion starts to change.

However, in his pursuit for ever more gun control, Governor Newsom is out of step with second amendment supporters. They say it is not guns that kill people, but people who kill people.

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