The opposition to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s idea to tweak Texas’ anti-abortion law and turn into a vehicle for gun control activists is stronger than the Democrat must have imagined, and there’ve been plenty of critiques coming from folks who would ordinarily be applauding the governor for his “common sense gun safety measure”. Instead, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times (among others) have panned Newsom’s plan, and none of the major gun control groups have rushed to embrace Newsom’s proposal. A spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety, for instance, called it an “interesting approach” that the organization will “examine further” but declined to offer a full-throated endorsement of Newsom’s plan.
The governor clearly has some work to do if he’s going to convince his fellow Democrats that the best way to respond to an anti-abortion law they think is unconstitutional is to use the law as the basis for their own anti-gun measures, which explains why Newsom’s taken to the pages of the Washington Post to make his pitch.