You get the sense that modern-day politics has little to do with the people or public service and more to do with sociopaths gaining a platform to push their national profile and increase their fame.
It’s a constant back-and-forth, push-and-pull between high-level government officials that leaves no room for an actual policy that benefits Americans.
Case in point: California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new gun law, which was inspired by Texas Gov. Abbott’s recent abortion law.
Gavin has publicly battled it out with GOP governors lately in a bid to increase his national profile and make a case for his eventual presidential campaign. As a result, he’s attempting to troll these Republicans by mirroring their legislation using left-wing causes.
He signed new gun control legislation into law Friday, patterned after a Texas abortion law.
The law permits citizens to sue distributors of illegal weapons, components that can be used to make “ghost guns” without serial numbers, .50-caliber rifles, and those who sell guns illegally to people under 21 years of age. But now, gun manufacturers and activist groups are hinting at suing California over the measure.
Part of the gun law, titled SB 1327, maintains that the law would become “inoperative” in the event of the Texas abortion law being invalidated, proving once again Democrats do not care about gun violence. Their priorities are enabling the murder of unborn children while attempting to paint Republicans in a negative light.
The California gun law piggybacks off the Texas law, but it applies that logic to guns instead of abortion. Citizens can collect up to $10,000 and attorney fees from their lawsuits against distributors of illegal firearms.
Last year, Texas enacted a controversial abortion law restricting the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected. In a bid to circumvent Supreme Court precedent preventing states from enforcing such a measure (a precedent that was overturned last month), the bill would be enforced by civil lawsuits as private citizens could sue providers of illegal abortions. The Supreme Court ultimately declined to nix it.
Recently, the governor embarked on an ad buy in Florida and Texas, zinging the red states for their policies on abortion and education. His moves come as whispers of consternation about President Joe Biden running in 2024 have seemingly grown louder in recent weeks.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney