After San Jose Shooting, Newsom Asks, ‘What the Hell is Wrong With Us?’


Gov. Gavin Newsom of California condemned the “rinse and repeat” cycle of mass shootings in America as he spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the killing of nine people at a rail yard in San Jose.

There have been 68 mass shootings in the United States in the past two months, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are injured or killed.

“It begs the damn question, what the hell is going on in the United States of America?” Mr. Newsom said. “What the hell is wrong with us, and when are we going to come to grips with this?”

Mr. Newsom implored lawmakers to take action, and told all Americans to “take a little damn responsibility, all of us, to do a little bit more and a little bit better this time, and move beyond the platitudes and the usual rhetoric that tends to mark not just these moments but the aftermath of these moments.”



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