Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom called the semi-automatic rifle used by the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter a “goddamn weapon of mass destruction,” in a statement Monday.
“You can’t put borders up, speaking of borders, to a neighboring state where you can buy this damn stuff legally,” he said, according to the LA Times, Monday, “How in the hell is that possible? I have no problem with the 2nd Amendment, you have a right to bear arms but not weapons of goddamned mass destruction.”
Newsom’s profanity-laden rant at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was spurred by the events of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, which left three dead and 11 injured. The weapon the shooter used was outlawed by California’s assault weapons prohibition, but the shooter was easily able to get one in neighboring Nevada, LA Times reported. (RELATED: California Town Declares Itself Second Amendment Sanctuary City)
Weapons of mass destruction are defined as explosives, incendiary devices, or poison gases capable of a large amount of destruction. Semi-automatic rifles are not listed in these parameters, an FBI report details.
Newsom also aimed attacks at the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“And we could only do it for our state. We have to fight in the courts and fight these organized National Rifle Association, but then you have an entire party it seems, completely bankrupt, no capacity,” Newsom said in an LA Times report. “And don’t claim to be compassionate if you’re participating complicitly in the world you’re living in. Society becomes how we behave. The lack of resolve, it’s just an outrage.”
Newsom also adds that “California is doing its part,” but the White House stands as an obstacle, according to the LA Times.
“California’s doing its part, but Jesus, these guys, the folks in the White House have been supporting the kinds of policies that roll back the work that we’re doing in states like ours to get rid of large-capacity magazines, to address the issues that we’re trying to advance on background checks,” he adds according to the LA Times.
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