California Gov. Gavin Newsom protests Republican silence on mass shootings

California Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy for saying little about the recent outbreak of gun violence in their state.

The Democratic governor urged McCarthy and other Republicans to work on gun safety reform.

“I want to express prayers, even condolences. Nothing,” Newsom told a congressman from California.

“And that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Where was he on gun safety reform?”

Gun safety reform

Speaking in Washington around the same time Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy offered condolences to families and Californians over the recent violence.

Governor Newsom was in Half Moon Bay, where an arrested 66-year-old farm worker killed seven people by shooting back to back at two mushroom farms, officials said.

The state mourns the third mass murder in eight days.

Shooting in Monterey

Eleven people were killed in a mass shooting at a dance studio in Monterey last Saturday, the shooter later committed suicide.

A week earlier, at least two attackers fatally shot and killed a 16-year-old mother while holding her 10-month-old baby and killed four others in a brazen attack in a central California farming community that remains unsolved.