In­com­ing Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor New­som de­cries nor­mal­ized gun cul­ture

Porterville Recorder - - NEWS - By JANIE HAR

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The newly elected Demo­cratic gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia con­demned politi­cians and gun ad­vo­cates for nor­mal­iz­ing mass shoot­ings in the U.S., mak­ing the al­le­ga­tions in his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since win­ning of­fice this week.

Lt. Gov. Gavin New­som was sched­uled to speak about plans for the tran­si­tion but said that was not go­ing to hap­pen af­ter a gun­man killed 12 and wounded oth­ers at a coun­try mu­sic bar in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia late Wed­nes­day.

"This is Amer­ica. It's gotta change. This doesn't hap­pen any­where else on planet Earth, and we can't let folks for­get that. We can't lose sight of that," he said to re­porters be­fore serv­ing meals at a din­ing hall in San Fran­cisco. "We can't al­low this to be nor­mal­ized."

Cal­i­for­nia's gun con­trol laws are among the strictest in the coun­try, and New­som is a strong ad­vo­cate of gun con­trol. He says it's ter­ri­fy­ing that peo­ple can­not wor­ship, go to school or visit a bar with­out fear of be­ing killed in a mass shoot­ing.

He called Ven­tura County sher­iff's Sgt. Ron Helus a hero for rush­ing into the Border­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks and dy­ing in the gun­fire.

"There are fam­i­lies that are able to hug their loved ones tonight. There are lives that will change for gen­er­a­tions be­cause of his hero­ism," he said.

New­som said the facts of Wed­nes­day's shoot­ing are needed but he blamed the coun­try's "gun cul­ture" for the reg­u­lar run of shoot­ings. Last month, a shooter opened fire at a sy­n­a­gogue in Penn­syl­va­nia, killing 11.

New­som also spoke about tack­ling home­less­ness and build­ing more hous­ing in an ex­pen­sive state that des­per­ately needs more.

AP PHOTO BY JANIE HAR

Cal­i­for­nia Lt. Gov. and now gov­er­nor-elect Gavin New­som makes his first pub­lic com­ments af­ter his elec­tion in San Fran­cisco Thurs­day, Nov. 8.

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