New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Is NOT Entitled to Her Own Facts, aka BS

Opinion By Larry Keane

Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Is NOT Entitled to Her Own Facts, aka BS

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Memories are short in Washington, D.C. That is, at least, when it’s convenient for a presidential bid.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) visited New Hampshire voters last week, trying to make her mark in a crowded Democratic primary field. As a tactic, she decided to demonize firearms manufacturers. We’re not going to stay quiet.

Facts be damned. The junior senator from New York went full bore, leveling unfounded accusations, issuing factually nonsensical indictments and using the familiar buzz words of revisionist history that ring bells for those politicians seeking to burnish their gun-control bona fides with voters they can confuse.

And Now for Something Completely False

“Unfortunately, because the gun manufacturers only care about gun sales, they oppose the common sense reform that can save lives,” Sen. Gillibrand told her audience. “They want to oppose universal background checks because they want to sell an assault rifle to a teenager in a Walmart or to someone on a terror watch list or to someone who is gravely mentally ill with a violent background or to someone with a criminal conviction for a violent crime.”

All of this is patently false.

Sen. Gillibrand was one of 78 co-sponsors of the Fix NICS legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Senate and President Trump signed into law. The federal legislation was modeled on the National Shooting Sports Foundation® initiative of the same name that worked to get states to submit all disqualifying criminal and adjudicated mental health records into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS). Let’s be clear: the same gun industry she has chosen to attack to try to attract Democratic primary voters was getting laws changed in 16 states before Congress even took up the matter.

Sen. Gillibrand signed her name to the bill – and voted for – legislation brought by the very manufacturers she claims want to sell guns to everyone. She knows better.

Maybe Sen. Gillibrand has conveniently forgotten that the firearms industry was the originator of the point-of-sale instant background check, to ensure that only those who could be legally entrusted to possess a gun could buy them.

The senator also should know that so-called universal background checks are aimed at private gun sales, not the sales by retailers to private citizens that are already subject to background checks. The truth is she wants to make illegal the transfer of firearms between private parties. The firearms industry, however, cannot support making a criminal of an individual selling a friend a keepsake firearm or lending a shotgun for a duck hunt.

Trafficking in Untruth

The senator’s end-run on the truth didn’t stop there, though.

“They want to sell those things, no matter what, to anybody,” Sen. Gillibrand continued. “It is why they will not do common sense things like have an anti-trafficking law. In a state like New York, our number one problem is guns used in crimes get trafficked from out of state right into the hands of gang members. They will not support an anti-federal gun trafficking law.”

The senator should have a staffer call ATF or the Department of Justice. Federal laws now on the books already cover those offenses. We bring to the Senator’s attention this case from less than a year ago involving the arrests of three individuals attempting to move 40 guns from Virginia to, you guessed it, her state of New York. The guns were recovered on the street.

Moreover, Department of Justice surveys shows guns used in crimes are obtained through theft and the black market. It’s another reason her quest for a universal background check bill is ill-conceived. Criminals aren’t stopping for background checks when they steal dozens of guns at a time in smash-and-grab thefts.

Those thefts are trending down, the rapid response and continuing cooperation between federal and regional law enforcement assisted by a highly cooperative industry making that possible. Operation Secure Store®, a partnership between ATF and the firearms industry to help retailers improve security and reduce thefts from their stores, is contributing to this effort.

No Co-sponsorship for FFL Protection Act

More can be done. Sen. Gillibrand had a chance in the last Congress to co-sponsor the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act, S. 1854, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). It would have set a minimum sentence of three years for burglaries of firearms retailers and five years for robberies. The firearms industry supported this legislation because we know stolen guns move onward for use in other crimes. This legislation is still a priority for the firearms industry, but not for Sen. Gillibrand, apparently. She’s yet to agree to sign on to a bill that would take and keep gun traffickers off the street.

At one time, Sen. Gillibrand supported gun manufacturers. A decade ago, she announced she kept “two guns under her bed.” While not the wisest storage option, she was aligning herself with law-abiding gun owners. That changed for her when faced with political headwinds and rising ambitions. More recently, she said she’s embarrassed by her previous stance.

While memories are short in Washington D.C., the rest of America remembers.


National Shooting Sports Foundation

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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Get Out
Get Out
2 years ago

Hopefully someone will challenge her publicly for her lies. She’ll probably go ballistic on people that called her out like Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan did.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 years ago

I would pay good money if all these Commiecrats and libtards would just STFU and stay that way. I bet a couple hundred million other Americans feel the same way and would pony up, too. And if they truly feel that way, maybe spend a little to support the campaigns of pro-2A candidates and also vote all the Commiecrats out of office!!

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago

First of all, the democrats that are running for president all have one thing in common, they will tell you any lie and promise any free comodoy they think will get them elected. Absolutely not one of them has any solutions for any problems either here or in the world. The only thing they have to offer is socialism and they will lie and tell you they are not socialist. You can’t vote of any one of them and get what you expect to get. I have my doubts if this blond commie even knows her alphabet or howto count.… Read more »

alex
alex
2 years ago

another lying whore looking for power! i sorry if i offend anybody but i will never vote for a woman for any political office. there’s not one of them that won’t lie,cheat or sleep their way into office.

TA
TA
2 years ago

Gillabrand is such a vote whore. She lies about the 2nd Amendment and wants to cut our social security in order to give it to illegals. She can go f*** herself in her a$$, the piece of $hit liberal vote whore.

Ridgerunner
Ridgerunner
2 years ago

Three generations of my family are from NH and our Grandparents are buried here. There was a time we believed in the Constitution and fought for it. The biggest joke and lie is our state motto, “Live Free or Die”. This is one of the most FREEDOM restrictive states in the USA. Sanctuary cities aren’t just for immigrants anymore. A growing number of states, counties, cities, and towns are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. NH will have to create our own sanctuary… Read more »

Patriot guy
Patriot guy
2 years ago

Why is it when you talk to old timers, that back in the 1950’s, one could walk into a hardware store, gun shop, department store, pick out a firearm, pay for it and walk out with no background check or government interference and nobody said a thing!

freeillinois
freeillinois
2 years ago
Reply to  Patriot guy

patriot guy; You are right we could walk into a hardware store, gun shop, department store and walk out with a gun. we could also buy mail order. So many guns could be purchased for $20 or less that compared to today, we are a joke. Here is the big one. all during this period crime was low. It wasnt until the FBI began the CO-Intel-Pro operations that things began to change. The media began publishing pictures of armed black men protesting that changed the laws. The FBI used informants to buy and supply groups like the Black Panthers with… Read more »

Virgil Ferguson
Virgil Ferguson
2 years ago

The headline of this article stated that she is not entitled to her own facts. She certainly seems to think so ! ! ! ! !

rich z
rich z
2 years ago

Before being elected, she said she was PRO GUN, keeping a shot gun under her bed. Once elected that ALL CHANGED. She got SCHUMERIZED

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
2 years ago
Reply to  rich z

He screws her, she turns around and screws the citizenry. What’s new?

Missouri Born
Missouri Born
2 years ago

I’m tired of seeing elected officials such as senators and congressmen running for president while receiving a paycheck for their current office they hold and ignoring their current duties.
It’s time they must resign from office to run for the bigger job they want and quit wasting our tax dollars in pursuit of their dream job.

JPM
JPM
2 years ago

She is part of the problem in the country and those people in the photo can only be described as, “Happy idiots”.

PMinFl
PMinFl
2 years ago
Reply to  JPM

I wonder how many of the crowd came down from the big Sig Sauer factories and facilities? She might be cutting her own throat. I hope that the voters remember.

Hoplite
Hoplite
2 years ago

The Demo-Communists have realized since the Clintons adopted Hitlers tactic. Tell the Big Lie often enough and it becomes truth. And lets face it, it is about power. They know that if they as the bosses have guns and we the people do not that we can do nothing about their evils. Much like Venezuela.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago
Reply to  Hoplite

Remember the severe gunshots near hillery when her plane landed? She forgot

Herb T
Herb T
2 years ago

Why pick on Gillibrand for lying? Isn’t that what most democrats do exceptionally well? Other politicians run a close second. They peddle BS day and night, night and day. Because most really don’t care about the country and its citizens. They care about themselves, the perks they get while “representing” themselves and not their constituents – which explains why they oppose Trump so vigorously. Didn’t we fight wars trying to prevent the spread of socialism/communism? Korea, Vietnam, elsewhere? How many lives were sacrificed in those wars that are now being pissed on with the inclusion of that traitorous trash being… Read more »

jeff
jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  Herb T

so true!! Why not pass a truth in politics law???

hippybiker
hippybiker
2 years ago

Can’t Understand Normal Thinking!

That's funny.
That's funny.
2 years ago
Reply to  hippybiker

Just another mentally unstable female politician with PMS who uses meth and masterbates too much!

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  hippybiker

acronym is dead on, sir

Charles Goff
Charles Goff
2 years ago

“Unfortunately, because the gun manufacturers only care about gun sales, they oppose the common sense reform that can save lives,” Sen. Gillibrand told her audience.
If the Jr. Senator from NY wants to slow down gun sales all the Dems have to do is quit spreading lies and spewing hate at gun owners. Every time they start talking about more Gun laws sale start to climb again.

RRangel
RRangel
2 years ago

President Trump is actually trying to build a wall that’s long overdue. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is just another wannabe lying leftist opportunist attempting to diminish the citizen.

ras
ras
2 years ago

Sen. Gillibrand, YOU need to solve your GANG problem instead of harassing honest gun owners.

Nanashi
Nanashi
2 years ago

“they want to sell an assault rifle to a teenager in a Walmart”

I actually do want this and anyone who is actually pro-2A (instead of pro-their own financial gain like the NRA) should too.

jeff
jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  Nanashi

Wal mart doesnt sell the AR anymore.

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago

Sounds like Donald talking about the border wall

RRangel
RRangel
2 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

The wall is long overdue but lying Democrats need illegal immigration as part of their political strategy. That’s why they won’t allow it. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is just another leftist gun hating liar.