kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Politics

California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun Control

View Comments
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (California State Assembly)

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (California State Assembly)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Trending Stories On CBS SF

weed wildfire 091514 California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun ControlWildfire In Northern California Town Of Weed Burns 100 Homes, At Least 1,500 Evacuated

hurricane odile California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun ControlHurricane Odile Slams Into Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula Near Cabo San Lucas

jung California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun ControlNotorious Ex-Cocaine Kingpin George Jung Out of Prison, Living In San Francisco

strange lights California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun ControlWhat Was That Strange Streak Of Light In The Bay Area Sky Friday Morning?

marijuanagrowing California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Obama To Hitler On Gun ControlMysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters To Chop Down NorCal Marijuana Grows

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama’s gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, posted a Twitter message Tuesday with an image that compared what he said were figures who have supported gun rights with those who have supported gun control.

Those he said “stood for gun rights” were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

He said Hitler, Stalin, Kim, King George III, Mao Zedong and Obama “stood for gun control.”

“Which side would you choose?” Donnelly said in his Twitter message.

In a statement later Tuesday from his campaign to The Associated Press, Donnelly said he was standing up for the Second Amendment, which he said recognizes an “unalienable right to defend your life.”

“When government becomes the greatest threat to the very rights it was formed to protect, that is tyranny,” he said in the statement. “Tyranny is the daily purpose of dictators, and I will not apologize for pointing out that our current president acts more like a dictator than a leader of a free people in a Constitutional Republic.”

Read More:
Actress Removed From SF Production Of ‘Vagina Monologues’ After Endorsing Donnelly

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed 11 firearms bills approved by the state Legislature and vetoed seven. Among those the Democratic governor vetoed was a bill that would have imposed the nation’s toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, which Brown characterized as too far-reaching.

Obama has had less success after proposing sweeping gun control measures last year following the December 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

The toughest proposals, such as stricter background checks, fell flat with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Since then, Obama has instead announced executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers.

Donnelly, a conservative in the state Assembly who frequently speaks about gun rights, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in 2012 after he was found with a loaded Colt .45 in his carry-on bag at a Southern California airport.

California Republican Party spokesman Mark Standriff declined to comment on Donnelly’s tweet, saying that the party “will not get involved in a discussion between primary candidates in a contested race.”

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,914 other followers