California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is running to be the state’s next Governor, and after he received a questionnaire from the National Rifle Association (NRA), he used the opportunity to publicly troll them on Twitter.
One way the NRA exerts influence over elected officials is by assigning letter grades based on their voting records regarding gun legislation. It’s a way for voters to have a clear understanding of where the politician stands on gun legislation. An “A” rating is a stamp of approval from the NRA. An “F” rating is often a badge of honor for Democratic officials, and they brag about it on the campaign trail.
Newsom, who is proud of his “F” rating, used the NRA endorsement questionnaire as an opportunity to publicly stick it to the nation’s preeminent gun advocacy organization by tweeting:
Hi @NRA – Received your questionnaire. Not sure what gave you the impression I would ever WANT your endorsement. Or your money. Look forward to the day you’re swept into the compost bin of history. Until then, receiving my F is an honor. XoXo, Your California snowflake
Hi @NRA –
Received your questionnaire. Not sure what gave you the impression I would ever WANT your endorsement. Or your money.
Look forward to the day you're swept into the compost bin of history. Until then, receiving my F is an honor.
Your California snowflake pic.twitter.com/uJj4LeXkzQ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 14, 2018
In 2016 Newsom led an initiative to toughen California’s already strict gun control laws. Proposition 63 instituted background checks for ammunition purchases, outlawed high-capacity magazines, created new rules mandating reporting of lost and stolen firearms, clarified state laws requiring gun theft always be charged as a felony and made it law for the state to share information with the FBI about individuals prohibited from owning guns.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, endorsed Newsom for governor based on his championing of gun control efforts.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsom currently “holds a 4-1 lead with Bay Area voters in the upcoming gubernatorial primary, according to a new 2018 Bay Area Council Poll, with 36 percent of those surveyed undecided.”