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Barbra Streisand endorses California gun control initiative

Singer Barbra Streisand performs at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn on Oct. 11, 2012.
Singer Barbra Streisand performs at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn on Oct. 11, 2012. The Associated Press

Barbra Streisand is hoping California voters will soon make gun violence the way we were.

In a fundraising email Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actress and singer endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63, the November ballot initiative that would institute background checks for ammunition purchases and other new gun control regulations.

Pointing to a TV movie she produced about the 1993 Long Island Railroad shooting that killed six and injured 19, Streisand said, “Gun safety is an issue that has long been close to my heart.”

“Like you, California is my home, and I can’t just wait around hoping tragedy doesn’t strike our state again,” she said. “If there’s something we can do that will stop innocent Californians from being shot and killed, I will do everything I can to see it done.”

The email ends with Streisand urging supporters to donate “$5 or more right now to defeat the NRA and save lives from gun violence.” She has not yet given any money to the campaign herself, according to state election filings.

Law enforcement and sports shooters, including Olympian Kim Rhode, have come out forcefully against a measure that they say will only criminalize law-abiding gun owners without stopping any new violence.

“Barbra Streisand is deserting gays and lesbians in our time of need,” Richard Grenell, co-chair for Proposition 63 opponent the Coalition for Civil Liberties, said in a statement. “The Orlando attack on a gay bar moved gays and lesbians to realize we must be allowed to defend ourselves when confronted by an ISIS-inspired terrorist or a criminal willing to ignore laws in order to kill innocent people. Prop 63 must be defeated in order to further protect the rights of gays and lesbians.”

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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