On Monday, CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell pushed back against Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) after he claimed that the Second Amendment is “becoming a suicide pact.”
At least 11 people are dead and nearly a dozen more were hospitalized after 72-year-old Huu Can Tran opened fire in a ballroom in Monterey Park, California, on Saturday after a Chinese New Year dance festival.
At around 10:22 p.m., Tran arrived at Star Ballroom Dance Studio and fired at least 42 rounds from a Mac-10 semiautomatic weapon. Tran then drove to a second location from which he fled after a bystander intervened and disarmed him.
Tran shot himself in a standoff with police hours later while hiding out inside his van.
Newsom appeared on CBS News, saying, “Nothing about this is surprising. Everything about this is infuriating.”
O’Donnell pointed out the fact that California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, a comment which Newsom ignored, turning his attention instead to the Second Amendment, the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
“I mean, the Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact,” Newsom said.
O’Donnell pushed back on the California governor, saying, “But there’s many people in this country that support the Second Amendment and are lawful gun owners.”
Newsom backtracked, saying, “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.”
On Monday night, four people died in another shooting at a mushroom farm in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County. That gunman then killed three more people at a nearby trucking facility.