Emboldened after surviving his recall election, California Governor Gavin Newsom is trying to one up Texas by making an anti-gun law that is modeled after their SB8 anti-abortion law. He wants to allow private citizens in California to sue anyone selling or manufacturing “assault weapons.”
The media cheered the move this weekend, on both CNN and MSNBC.
On CNN Newsroom with Fredericka Whitfield, the host brought on California Democrat congresswoman Jackie Speier to praise the governor and bash the Supreme Court’s decision in the SB8 case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson.
Announcing that the state was now an “abortion sanctuary” the CNN host touted how Speier once defended partial birth abortion, relaying her own experience in 2011: “Officials in your state say they plan to make California a sanctuary for abortion rights if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns “Roe V. Wade.” You got really personal with America when you spoke about your own abortion on the house floor.” She then played that clip of the Democrat scolding her GOP colleagues.
Afterwards, Whitfield wailed that the country was going backwards:
“So that was ten years ago, and here we are now listening to efforts to disregard a variety of circumstances, among them just like yours. I mean, is this nation, in your view, going backwards?” she asked.
Her Democrat guest completely agreed, bashing the Supreme Court for taking away the “personal private” right to take another human being’s life in abortion. The CNN host worried for women outside of California: “What’s your message to women outside of California, you know who are waiting to hear what becomes of abortion rights across the country but particularly in their states?” she pleaded to her guest, who again boasted how her state would welcome women to get abortions for any reason.
During another hour of CNN Newsroom with Jim Acosta, fill-in host Phil Mattingly also hyped Newsom’s proposed law:
So he got an idea. Why not create a law based on a similar principle? Only this time it would give residents legal standing to file lawsuits against those who manufacture or distribute firearms. He tweeted, “SCOTUS is allowing private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion?! If that’s the precedent then we’ll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets. If Texas can ban abortion and endanger lives, California can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives.”
His guest, PBS host and CNN commentator Margaret Hoover, begrudgingly noted that it didn’t seem within Newsom’s power to make a unilateral law like this. But she tried to soften the blow by insisting Newsom’s political stunt “made a point:”
Look, it seems a little too cute by half. I mean I understand what he’s doing and he’s trying to make a point. But that law in Texas by the way the one in Texas and in Mississippi, these are lawed that have passed through the legislature’s lane by the governor. So I don’t know that Governor Newsom can do this unilaterally. But he’s trying to make a point. And he’s using you know these preposterous vigilante laws, enforcement mechanisms to make a point that there’s a double standard here. So I understand what he’s doing, but it seems a little cute.
Her husband, CNN commentator John Avlon, was more obnoxious, lecturing the Supreme Court:
“Well, at the very least it may force some justices to think about the underlying principle and precedent rather than just the ideological desire they may have to see the law in one state passed and not the other,” he hoped, to which Mattingly agreed.
On left-wing MSNBC, host Alex Witt was excited by Newsom’s stunt. Bringing on Speier, she gushed, “Wow!” over the governor using the same tactic that the media slammed as “vigilantism” when it came to abortion. As Speier praised the “brilliant” suggestion by her fellow Democrat, Witt raved “if it’s good for the goose it’s good for the gander.”
But constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley deflated the media’s hopes and dreams, writing Sunday to not believe the media hype because the law Newsom is proposing is unconstitutional, as he also deemed the Texas law.
“With his bravado, Newsom has guaranteed that courts will strike down his law as an open ‘mockery’ of gun rights precedent and he will actually box in liberal judges and jurists in voting against the California law on the same grounds,” he wrote.
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LifeNews Note: Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center where this originally appeared.