CBS Anchor Pushes Back After Newsom Calls Second Amendment A ‘Suicide Pact’

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell pushed back against Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he said Monday that the Second Amendment is a “suicide pact.”

At least 11 people are dead and nearly a dozen more hospitalized after a 72-year-old man opened fire in Monterey Park on Saturday following a Chinese New Year dance festival. The shooting unfolded around 10:22 p.m. at a ballroom dance studio. The suspected killer, Huu Can Tran, then drove to a second location, from which he fled after a bystander intervened and disarmed him.

“Nothing about this is surprising,” Newsom told CBS News. “Everything about this is infuriating.”

O’Donnell noted that California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but Newsom instead turned his attention toward the Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

“I mean, the Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact,” Newsom said.

“But there’s many people in this country that support the Second Amendment and are lawful gun owners,” O’Donnell pushed back.

“Yeah, I have great respect — I have no ideological opposition to someone who is reasonably and responsibly owning firearms and getting background checks and being trained,” Newsom said. (RELATED: Hero Who Took Down California Shooter Says ‘Something Came Over Me’)

Four people died Monday night in another shooting at a mushroom farm in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County. The gunman then killed three more people at a nearby trucking facility.