The National Rifle Association revealed in a tweet Monday that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand once penned a “love letter” to the group, but contradicted herself on the campaign trail over the weekend. In her 2008 letter, Gillibrand thanked NRA Executive Director Chris Cox for meeting with her and laid out her praises of the second amendment.
“I always have and always will believe that the correct interpretation of the 2nd amendment is that it applies to an individual’s right to carry guns, and does not apply generally to the National Guard or a group of individuals in a State,” Gillibrand wrote, “Moreover, I do not believe that public housing authorities should have the right to ban firearms by people living in their homes.”
— NRA (@NRA) August 12, 2019
Gillibrand addressed a room of anti-gun activist groups in Iowa over the weekend, where She asked members to encourage “Mitch call the vote.” Further, in a change of tune, Gillibrand said, “We can pass universal background checks today. We can ban assault weapons. We can ban large magazines. We can have a federal anti-trafficking law today.”
“Love letter” CONTRADICTION: Gillibrand opposed any gun bans saying, “I share your concerns about these and other attempts to that could contribute to the slippery slope of government confiscation of people’s firearms based on arbitrary whims of politics and public opinion.”
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 12, 2019
Gillibrand’s campaign website even features criticism of the NRA, “We can’t accept repeated tragedies and tens of thousands of deaths every year as normal, and we can’t accept politicians choosing NRA money over Americans’ lives.”
CONTRADICTION: In her “love letter,” Gillibrand said, “I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights and I look forward to working with you for many years in Congress.”
Notably, Gillibrand cosigned in favor of gun owners on the District of Columbia v. Heller amicus brief, sponsored The Second Amendment Enforcement Act, supported the Tiahrt Amendment, and amended the Farm Bill to including hunting land rights.