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During a recent voter registration drive at Saddleback Community College, I was made painfully aware of one of the reasons our gun-sense champion governor is in survival mode.

A shocking number of students either didn’t know why they had received a ballot, or didn’t care about the election. One student who hadn’t voted asked me how the election affects her life, and I responded with my passionate cause—reducing gun violence.

She did not share my passion, and our conversation ended before I had time to discuss what’s really at stake—our survival as individuals and as a democracy. 

Our public health crisis list is long in California; COVID-19, gun violence, wildfires, fentanyl deaths, homelessness, and Gov. Newsom is the best choice for leadership to protect us against them.

Perhaps if I had shared with her how awful the air was when I was growing up in the Inland Empire in the ’60s and how government regulation has allowed us to breathe clean air and see the mountains for most of the year, she would’ve realized how important it is to vote no on the recall. 

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