California Gov Blames Trump, Republicans for Gilroy Shooting in Foul-Mouthed Rant
Governor Gavin Newsom lashes out at president over shooting in Gilroy, California
California's Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has attacked President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers, attempting to blame them for the tragic shooting in Gilroy, CA over the weekend.
The suspected gunman, Santino William Legan, 19, opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gov. Newsom's state on Sunday and took the lives of three people while injuring at least 12 others, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The victims - six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby - were killed at a food festival by a rifle that is banned in California.
Police killed the shooter at the scene within a minute of the gunfire.
"You have a right to bear arms but not weapons of goddamned mass destruction," Newsom said as he launched into his foul-mouthed rant.
"You need these damn things for hunting? Give me a break."
Newsom blames the tragedy on a "culture of gun violence" that he says is being perpetuated by President Trump and the Republican Party.
"It's just sickening... the leadership today that just turns a blind eye and won't do a damn thing to address these issues," Newsom told reporters.
"What's goddamned absent in this country right now is moral authority."
It’s sick... the leadership today that turns a blind eye and won’t do a thing to address the issue of gun violence. @senatemajldr should be ashamed of himself.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 30, 2019
Today, the headlines will have moved on — but we won’t. We need common-sense gun laws. Now. pic.twitter.com/HT4NIIlSvN
Newsom is also accusing the White House of hindering his efforts to establish stricter gun laws in California.
The gun used in the Sunday shooting was purchased legally in Nevada, with police describing it as an "assault-type rifle."
"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," Newsom said.
"It keeps happening, over and over and over again, on their damned watch."
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee gave credit to his officers for their fast response and ability to quickly take the gunman down, "despite the fact that they were outgunned, with their handguns, against a rifle."
"We had thousands of people there in a very small area," Smithee said during an emotional interview, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"It could have gotten so much worse, so fast.
"I'm really proud that they got there as quickly as they did.
"There absolutely would have been more bloodshed."