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Incoming CA governor condemns normalized ’gun culture’

SAN FRANCISCO — The incoming Democratic governor of California condemned the politicians and gun advocates who he says have normalized mass shootings in America.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was scheduled to make his first public remarks after winning office Tuesday, but he dedicated much of his time Thursday to the shooting in a country music bar in Southern California.

He said facts of this particular case are needed, but said he was talking generally about shootings in America. Last month, a shooter opened fire at a synagogue in Pennsylvania, killing 11.

Newsom is a strong supporter of gun control, and said he has no sympathy for firearm advocates who resist what he calls common-sense regulations.

He blamed the country’s “gun culture” and said mass shootings do not happen anywhere else on “Planet Earth.”