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Gavin Newsom swats down reporter's Second Amendment question

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FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks on Oct. 7, 2022, in Sacramento, Calif. Days after a mass shooting in Monterey Park, Newsom gave a forceful response to CBS reporter when pressed about his opinion on the Second Amendment. 

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Speaking in Monterey Park a few days after police say a gunman shot and killed 11 people in a dance studio, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a forceful response to CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell when she pressed him about his opinion on the Second Amendment. 

Separate video clips of the exchange, which CBS posted on its website and on Twitter, begin with Newsom — who is visibly angry — commenting on the frequency of mass shootings in the U.S. 

"Nothing about this is surprising. Everything about this is infuriating," he said. "The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact." 

Large capacity clips are "just insane," California Gov. Gavin Newsom tells @NorahODonnell on the ground in Monterey Park, California. "There's just no justification. Period. Full stop." https://t.co/S5NsYcT3Nr pic.twitter.com/sEkEYb9FKR

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 24, 2023

He then goes on to describe the shootings in the U.S. as "anomalous" to the rest of the world, and talks about the need to further regulate large-capacity magazines, which he called "insane." Later in the interview, O'Donnell references Newsom's earlier comments about the Second Amendment and is interrupted when she begins to ask another question. She pushes back, saying that many people in the U.S. support the Second Amendment. 

Newsom did not entertain O'Donnell's framing. 

"Yeah, I have great respect. I have no ideological opposition with someone reasonably and responsibly owning firearms and getting background checks and being trained and making sure they're locked [up] so their kid doesn't accidentally shoot themselves or a loved one," Newsom replied. "Absolutely not. Never suggested that. That's what they immediately do. 'He wants to take away your guns.' I just want to take away weapons of war that are illegal on the streets of California and should be illegal across the United States." 

The shooting in Monterey Park on Saturday was the first of two mass shootings that have occurred in California in the past three days. On Monday, authorities say Chunli Zhao killed seven people and critically injured another in two separate incidents in Half Moon Bay. Police say the gunman in the Monterey Park shooting used a 9-millimeter MAC-10 — a semiautomatic pistol — with an extended clip.

Law enforcement officials say Monterey Park shooter, identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, killed 10 people at the scene; an 11th person succumbed to their injuries in a Los Angeles County hospital on Monday. 

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