California governor says gender 'missing in the national conversation' about shootings

California governor says gender 'missing in the national conversation' about shootings
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomOvernight Health Care: Trump becomes first sitting president to attend March for Life | Officials confirm second US case of coronavirus | Trump officials threaten California funding over abortion law Trump administration threatens to cut health funding for California over abortion insurance law Birds in California's desert are dying MORE (D) on Monday called for gender to be part of the conversation about mass shootings given that shooters are most often men. 

"These shootings overwhelmingly — almost exclusively — are males, boys, men. I do think that is missing in the national conversation," Newsom said at an emergency meeting on the state's response to mass shootings, according to Politico


"If there was anything more obvious, I don't know what is," he added at the meeting with school, health and safety officials. "I think that goes deep to the issue of how we raise our boys to be men, goes deeply to values that we tend to hold dear — power, dominance, aggression over empathy, care and collaboration." 

Newsom called for a more in-depth discussion on gender and violence. 

"I want to just introduce that into this debate as we move more tactically to address the issue of early childhood trauma, address the issues of stresses that become mental health issues, that become access to weapons. All of those things," he said. 

The governor also said that he was considering proposals to restrict ammunition and gun purchases.

Specifically, he said he was considering preventing those who could be a danger to themselves or others from getting firearms. He also said he would consider a proposal for a $25 tax on handgun and semi-automatic rifle sales. 

Newsom added that the state would form a task force to study what contributes to gun violence and how to prevent it. 

His comments come after two mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio that more than 30 people dead. It also follows a shooting in Gilroy, Calif., last month in which three were killed.