By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Do you want two amazing seats to the Super Bowl?” a Facebook post by current California Lieutenant Governor (and 2018 top slot candidate) Gavin Newsom asks. “Do you believe that we need smarter gun safety laws? Well if you contribute $5 or more to Safety For All you will automatically be entered into a drawing for two super bowl tickets with this view.
“Click here to enter,” he tells an appreciative constituency that is evidently more than happy to trade their (and your) supposedly unalienable rights in for a chance at tickets to the big game. No doubt the last thought of every American who has given “the last full measure of devotion” has been on which team will take home the Lombardi trophy and championship rings, and if Beyoncé will support or completely take over what was to be Coldplay’s halftime spectacular.
Wanting to find out for myself, I clicked to enter, but curious thing — the form wouldn’t let me do that without donating. Isn’t that “gambling,” and doesn’t that require a special set of rules, particularly when it’s being offered to the world?
Down at the bottom, in fine print, they have a url for “official rules and restrictions.” I guess it would have killed them to offer an active link (instead of making those interested do a copy/paste into their address bar), or at least to make it easier to enter without putting an ante into the pot.
In the interests of not disenfranchising the underprivileged and making the contest truly inclusive, I’m including the link here. Sure enough, here’s what Gavin and his Safety For All cronies are being so reticent about:
No purchase or contribution necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations governing such contests apply. Contest limited to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 18 years of age. The sponsor of the contest is Safety for All, Newsom Ballot Measure Committee, 268 Bush Street #222, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Thing is, to enter without greasing Gavin’s palm, you have to send in a stamped, self-addressed envelope, essentially ponying up the price of a lottery ticket. But that’s not “gambling.” Honest. Still, what’s with essentially excluding people of lesser means by limiting entries to “progressives” of privilege? Why further burden the underprivileged, who will probably otherwise never have a chance to attend a Super Bowl?
And what’s with the “legal resident” requirement? I thought Gavin & Co. were big on welcoming in potential voters whether they broke U.S. laws or not. I thought he boasted about San Francisco being a “sanctuary city.” What’s with the hypocrisy and discrimination?
My guess is to do otherwise would probably run afoul of some law, but if that’s the case, so what? Ignoring the law has never been a problem for Gavin before, at least when he personally benefits and has the political juice to get away with it.
Case in point, back when “gay marriage” was still illegal, then-mayor Newsom authorized city employees to perform ceremonies. Without taking a stand on that issue one way or another, I simply asked him if he was free to disregard laws he opposes, would I be able to do the same thing without getting in trouble? We’re all supposed to be equal, right?
I asked Newsom – rhetorically — if I came up to San Francisco and ignored gun edicts I disagreed with, if he’d show inclusiveness and tolerance, or if he’d have me arrested. The city’s response was to sic the cops on me, first with two black and whites showing up at the house, and then with SFPD’s bomb, gang threat and hate crimes guy trying to grill me over the phone about my intentions. Attempts to find out who ordered what and why were rebuffed with the “ongoing investigation” excuse (although it would probably be worth a FOIA now if statutes still allow).
At least it’s clear Newsom can ignore rules he finds inconvenient, but the rest of us had better not, at least if he doesn’t like us. And it’s not just laws he finds inconvenient, but rules of ethics, and standards of basic moral conduct.
Curious isn’t it, that a man who has demonstrated time and again how he can’t – or won’t – control himself is so obsessed with controlling others? Telling, isn’t it, that someone who has proven so untrustworthy to those who have known him best is so distrustful of others?
What a perfect California politician. Just imagine all the rules he’ll be able to ignore when he’s governor!
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.