Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom delayed a planned announcement on his transition to California’s top office on Wednesday after Tuesday night’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.
“It’s a heavy heart to come here a day or two after an election for governor,” he told reporters in San Francisco in his first public appearance since Election Night. “You want to be focused on other things.”
Newsom, who led gun control efforts including Proposition 63 two years ago, argued that prayers and excuses aren’t enough.
“The response sure as hell cannot be more guns,” he said. “The National Rifle Association, I’ll say this, is bankrupt, morally, and they need to be held to account to their rhetoric and to their actions.”
Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown has signed some gun control laws while vetoing others. Asked by a reporter to respond to gun rights groups raising concerns about his election, Newsom replied: “Good.”