Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom found himself the target of criticism from civil rights groups after posting an anti-gun message on his Facebook in late May. On his Facebook page, Newsom specifically called out a message from the Coalition for Civil Liberties, which featured a transgender woman opposing Newsom’s recently proposed gun control measure.

“If Gavin Newsom gets this passed, how will transgender women like me be able to protect ourselves?” Nicki Stallard, a member of the LGBT gun rights group Pink Pistols, was quoted on the message.

Instead of responding to criticism of his proposal, Newsom instead attacked the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the message.

“The NRA group in California is using the Trans community to fight our commonsense gun safety initiative,” Newsom wrote on Facebook. “Using the Trans community to fight their battle of lies is arguably one of the most disgusting things they’ve ever done.”

However, the Pink Pistols are not affiliated with, and does not receive funding from the NRA. According to the group, it maintains 45 chapters across the United States and has the mission of protecting not just the right of all Americans to own arms, but specifically empowering those in the LGBT community.

“We work to build bridges between the shooting community and other communities, such as those based on alternative sexualities. We advocate the use of lawfully-owned, lawfully-concealed firearms for the self-defense of the sexual minority community,” the group stated on its website.

The Pink Pistols occasionally work with other gun rights groups, such as the Coalition for Civil Liberties, to promote common causes. In this case, both organizations oppose Newsom’s gun-control measure, which requires retailers to run a background check before selling ammunition, among other things. You can read more about the proposal here.

“Gavin isn’t promoting commonsense gun safety. He is promoting victim disarmament, and his proposals will get innocent victims killed,” Stallard told The Sacramento Bee.

Stallard said that she volunteered to appear in the message and that she was no one’s “puppet.”

“Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom attacked a transgender woman in a shocking Facebook post. Newsom’s condescending tone to Nicki has rightfully angered many people. He also questioned her motives for wanting to defend herself,” said the Coalition for Civil Liberties in a statement. “The LGBT community needs representatives and policies that help them deal with the very real dangers they face every day. The last thing they need is to have politicians attacking their desire to protect themselves against the threats they face.”

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6 thoughts on “California Lt. Governor’s Anti-Gun Remarks Anger Civil Rights Groups

  1. Nicki Stallard , welcome to the real world ! Politicians like Newsome care not one wit about you or anyone else if you doubt don’t completely back his PERSONAL agenda . You are of no more value to him than the “marble votes”” he got from dead voters still registered and voting years after death . Actually , you may count for less than a corpse to him , their votes are a sure thing .

    1. I’d say that members of the trans community have more harsh experience of the real world – both not being valued in general, and being used by politicians – than the average middle class American; still, your point about the lt. gov. not caring about people is a very valid one. That’s a problem that spans parties, places, and eras.

  2. California tried a version of this before, I.E., a sign up sheet for ammunition purposes and it was a failure.

  3. Guns are used 2.5 million times per year to stop crimes like rape, robbery and murder. Why does Gavin Newsome want to increase the numbers of crimes and victims by disarming us? In addition, we know from history that Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler and the Turks who murdered millions of Armenians all disarmed their victims before slaughtering them in the hundreds of millions. So, I ask the crazy leftist Gavin Newsome: Why does he want to disarm innocent people and take away their self defense rights? Who made him God? When did he start thinking he was God? When is he going to give up his armed body guards? Better yet why does he have any to begin with and not want the rest of us to be able to defend ourselves from criminals? Why does he care more for violent criminals than law abiding citizens?

  4. Guns are used 2.5 million times per year to stop crimes like rape, robbery and murder. Why does Gavin Newsome want to increase the numbers of crimes and victims by disarming us? In addition, we know from history that Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler and the Turks who murdered millions of Armenians all disarmed their victims before slaughtering them in the hundreds of millions. So, I ask the crazy leftist Gavin Newsome: Why does he want to disarm innocent people and take away their self defense rights? Who made him God? When did he start thinking he was God? When is he going to give up his armed body guards? Better yet why does he have any to begin with and not want the rest of us to be able to defend ourselves from criminals? Why does he care more for violent criminals than law abiding citizens?

  5. Guns are used 2.5 million times per year to stop crimes like rape, robbery and murder. Why does Gavin Newsome want to increase the numbers of crimes and victims by disarming us? In addition, we know from history that Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler and the Turks who murdered millions of Armenians all disarmed their victims before slaughtering them in the hundreds of millions. So, I ask the crazy leftist Gavin Newsome: Why does he want to disarm innocent people and take away their self defense rights? Who made him God? When did he start thinking he was God? When is he going to give up his armed body guards? Better yet why does he have any to begin with and not want the rest of us to be able to defend ourselves from criminals? Why does he care more for violent criminals than law abiding citizens?

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