Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: NRA is “Worst Organization” in America
Well, either Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand deserves some credit for appearing on a Fox News town hall – a feat of courage that some of her fellow Democratic presidential candidates couldn’t muster – or she’s simply that desperate to get her poll numbers above one percent. Either way, Gillibrand was on the airwaves with Chris Wallace on Sunday night, and she used the opportunity to show conservative viewers that she’s one of the most liberal candidates in the race. Well, at the very least, that’s the kind of impression she wanted to give.
At one point, Wallace asked Gillibrand how she could claim to be such an outspoken opponent of guns when she used to carry an A-rating from the National Rifle Association. Calling the NRA the “worst organization in America,” Gillibrand insisted that she changed her mind about gun rights as she switched her focus to the national stage.
“It’s realizing that not every part of this country is like my rural, upstate New York district,” she said. “We have to look beyond our own backyard. We must care about others.”
Gillibrand’s stance on gun control isn’t as extreme as some of her opponents, and she is not making it the focal point of her campaign the way Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Eric Swalwell have. At the same time, she has made it clear that she supports many of the same initiatives, including a ban on semiautomatic rifles. In an interview with “60 Minutes” in February 2018, she elaborated on why she’d changed her once-supportive position on the Second Amendment.
“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities,” she said last year. “And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong. You know, I only had the lens of upstate New York.”
At that time, she said she was “embarrassed” about having stood up for the rights of gun owners.
“I was wrong,” she said. “What it’s about is the power of the NRA and the greed of that industry. Let’s be clear. It is not about hunters’ rights, it’s about money.”
Well, we agree that it’s not specifically about “hunters’ rights.” It’s about the rights of every American citizen. Not rights that were bestowed upon us by the U.S. government. Not rights that were even granted us by the Founding Fathers. Rather, immutable human rights that have been passed down to us by the Creator and then wisely enshrined in the Constitution. Those rights have nothing to do with the NRA and nothing to do with the “greed” of the gun industry. And if Democrats keep turning the Constitution into an enemy that has to be overcome by sheer political force, they will keep being rejected by any American who cares about liberty.
No matter how many times they appear on Fox News.