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Newsom Criticizes Gun Violence in Missouri, But Ignores His Own State

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Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Missouri’s gun laws and annual gun deaths, but failed to acknowledge that California has over twice as many annual gun deaths according to CDC data.

Specifically, the data shows California had 3,576 firearm deaths in 2021 compared to Missouri’s 1,414.

Newsom wrote on X, “Missouri has one of the highest gun death rates in the nation.”

He continued, “It also has: No universal background checks. No license / training requirements. No large capacity magazine ban.”

Newsom claimed, “Last year, the GOP even voted against banning kids from openly carrying a gun without adult supervision.”

“Gun safety laws save lives. It’s why we need a Constitutional Amendment to require simple things like background checks nationwide,” added the governor.

By focusing on “gun death rates” rather than raw numbers, Newsom avoided noting that California led the nation in “active shooter incidents” in 2021 per FBI statistics.

Critics accuse Newsom of selectively citing statistics in his criticism of Missouri, while omitting unfavorable data about gun deaths and violence in his own state of California.

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