Tulsi is Terrible but Redeemable on the Second Amendment

Tulsi Gabbard may have a bad voting record, but she is not irredeemable on Second Amendment issues.
Tulsi Gabbard may have a bad voting record, but she is not irredeemable on Second Amendment issues.

Hawaii/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One of the Democrats seen as a breath of fresh air is Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. She has, at times, seemed rational compared to the likes of her colleagues Jerrold Nadler or Eric Swalwell, the latter of whom is running for president on an extreme anti-Second Amendment platform.

Well, I wish I could say that Gabbard is great on Second Amendment issues, but that would not be reflective of her record. Regretfully, her voting record is as bad as Nadler or Swalwell, although to her credit, she hasn’t trafficked in the smears that Swalwell has.

According to one official campaign statement, Gabbard has supported the usual list of anti-Second Amendment legislation we have come to expect: A ban on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms, arbitrary limits on magazine capacity, “universal” background checks… that list goes on and on. In other words, her votes are those of a typical anti-Second Amendment extremist. She also voted against preventing the District of Columbia from enforcing its draconian gun laws, and she also opposed HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

What is most concerning about her support for a ban on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms is the fact that she, as a military veteran who deployed overseas, should know the difference between the real M16 and M4 assault rifles that our troops have used to fight the Global War on Terror and the AR-15s that law-abiding citizens have the right to buy and own in the United States. To her credit, she calls these firearms “military-style assault weapons,” which accurately reflects their visual appearance. Still, the very use of the term “assault weapon” creates confusion. This should prompt very sharp scrutiny from Second Amendment supporters to determine if she is misinformed, or deliberately lying.

But lumping her in with Swalwell, Feinstein, Schumer, and Nadler is a far too simplistic way to view her, though. In some ways, Gabbard is the type of person who Second Amendment supporters should be able to convince to see at least some issues our way. For instance, that official campaign statement which outlined the unconstitutional measures she supports that she did not want to see gun issues become “partisan political footballs.” In fact, in 2018, she scored a 50% rating from Gun Owners of America. By way of comparison, Steve Scalise scored a mere 20% rating from GOA that cycle.

For instance, she bucked many anti-Second Amendment extremists by voting for the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which overturned an anti-Second Amendment regulation targeting certain veterans. She also worked with a pro-Second Amendment colleague to address one of the NICS issues that need fixing in the wake of the Sutherland Springs shooting. We may not like NICS, but criminal convictions that disqualify a person from firearms ownership should be in the database.

If we are to be stuck with an anti-Second Amendment president, then Tulsi Gabbard is one of the least bad outcomes that Second Amendment supporters would have to deal with. It goes without saying that it would be far better to avoid this situation, but while Gabbard has a poor voting record on Second Amendment issues, she is not an anti-Second Amendment extremist.

To be perfectly honest, a Gabbard Administration would force us to fight hard for our rights. But that said, Gabbard would not be smearing us, and would be likely to stand against the actions of an Andrew Cuomo. Furthermore, her openness to reach across the aisle means she may listen to the facts. If Second Amendment supporters can convince the Tulsi Gabbards in our personal lives – and across the country – to re-think Second Amendment issues, we could decisively shift the landscape in our favor.


Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

MAJ Gabbard is not redeemable on the Second Amendment. She will just lie. There are deep seated reasons that she threw in with the democrat party.

RedJoe
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RedJoe

Who banned bump stocks again? Obama? Who are those pushing “red flag” gun confiscation? What a load of mental midgets the “conservatives” of this country are. Same with immigration. Just because the “conservatives” say they are against something doesn’t make it so. Obama still holds the record for most illegals deported. that is a fact. I don’t remember Obama banning anything after Sandy Hook. Trump says “take the guns first, worry about due process later” Trump and the GOP want MORE not less legal and illegal immigration, H1B’s? Trump and Kushner love em. Better turn off the Fox news folks,… Read more »

DrunkenIdahoan
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DrunkenIdahoan

I’m gonna go ahead and pretend that I’m qualified and informed enough to reply to this comment, and it’s gonna be a long comment (sorry). First, Trump was the sitting president when the bump-stock ban happened. He is highly unpredictable. One minute you think he’s pro-2a, next minute he’s chastising congressmen and senators for not standing up to the NRA and not taking action on gun control measures. With immigration, he takes measures that would make Hitler proud. I don’t necessarily want more immigration, but less immigration in his mind means abusing/neglecting kids and tearing apart families. Immigrants today are… Read more »

Wanderer320
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Wanderer320

I seriously don’t know which of you is worse. Trump like Hitler on immigration? Is he gassing trainloads of illegals?? Take an economics class. More illegals means more entitlement money to take care of them, which means higher taxes for us. It’s pretty simple. If you expect America to care for the world’s impoverished, please donate your own savings, home, goods, etc.. People come from as far away as Africa to cross the southern border…We simply don’t have the infinite resources needed to take care of EVERYONE. And taking from those who do take care of themselves, whether it’s their… Read more »

Cp
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Cp

Until I hear a candidate clearly express support for the 2nd Amendment in accordance with the intent of the founders, that candidate is not a trustworthy option. Period. Her own “official” websites indicate just the opposite. Not a tiny bit of support from me.

Tex
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Tex

Tulsi is, by far, the best candidate the Democrats have to offer in the upcoming POTUS election cycle.

Tony
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Tony

LOL…who is this writer? “she is not an anti-Second Amendment extremist”…buddy, any person wanting to infringe on my Second Amendment rights…is an extremist. I have to shake my head at any “gun owner” that tries to talk me into supporting her because she is not the worst person to take my guns. What a joke. Stop acting like you are going to win a democrat over to supporting gun rights…they would lose a large base of their financial support and voters.

Valentine Carstensen
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Valentine Carstensen

Correction, Tulsi has not taken corporate or Oligarch money so she is not compromised and her decisions are of her own conscience. She is one of less than a handful of people in our legislature who’s conscience is greater than her thirst for power. That in itself makes her way more electable than someone who is an empty defender of the 2nd amendment. That is someone that defends the 2nd only becuase it keeps them elected in their district. Tulsi is genuine, and it is my belief that genuine people, as they are increasingly attacked by corporate/oligarch influence will naturally… Read more »

bt89
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bt89

@ Valentine Carstensen : WHAT are you talking about?! I just googled Tulsi Gabbard and opensecrets and the first hit was a piece on how she gets MORE Pac and corporate PAC money per dollar raised than the average member of congress. She also works with and gets money from gun ban/confiscation groups like “Moms Demand” and “Everytown.” In act she also is getting more PAC and “superpac” money as a proportion of money raised than most of the Democrat field/ As far as the author of this piece mentioning that gabbard uses the term “military style.semi automatic weapons” That… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

She used to take PAC money, but then came out against it for her 2020 presidential run. I was also confused when I looked at opensecrets.org, but make sure you’re looking at her 2020 bid and not her 2016 bid. Also, the media hates Tulsi for her anti-war stance. Do extensive research before you accept any position on her. Also, she chose to LEAVE the dnc vice chair position when she found out the DNC establishment, and by virtue of backroom deals, Hillary Clinton, was cheating Bernie Sanders. She’s a soldier, she would see common sense

Mike
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Mike

Does that mean the President counts as an “extremist” with his bump stock ban and support for red flag laws and banning suppressors?

Nathaniel Sloan
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Nathaniel Sloan

Yes

david porowski
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david porowski

Absolutely YES

Jack
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Jack

Tulsi is a patriot and deserves respect. More than agent orange.

TZAZ
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TZAZ

Why? Because she served, I served and I say she is a gun grabbing Democrat . But not to worry she does not stand a chance at being nominated and no chance at all if she is .

Jesse
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Jesse

Can she even run for the office of the Presidency? She was born in American Samoa and from what I can tell she is an American citizen but I can’t find anything saying that a citizen from American Samoa can run for that office.

Mike
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Mike

Can you run for president if you were born in DC or Puerto Rico?

Mike
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Mike

Ted Cruz ran for president and he was born in Canada… His mother was a US citizen when he was born.

L.L. Smith
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L.L. Smith

An gun owner that votes for any democrat has an I.Q. lower than the freezing point of 32 degrees.

Robert
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Robert

Ok, just watched tulsi on firing line interview and while she is well spoken and pretty, she is clearly naive about how the world really works and what it takes to be a real international leader and foreign policy. She her words are neutral on American policy and foreign interests. She wants to make nice with everyone and sometimes you can’t be nice. She will create a void in world power which Russia and China would be glad to fill. So, end of day she’s anti US American interest in foreign policy and abroad. She keeps talking about civilians of… Read more »

Sharon Mercer
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Sharon Mercer

Tulsi believes in diplomacy and cooperation. She has said she is a hawk on terrorists and a dove on regime change wars. She wants to end the regime change wars, bring our soldiers home, and use the money we save to fix our problems here at home. In the past when we have tried to do regime change, we have failed miserably…think Iraq, Libya, and Syria just to name the most recent examples. She served in the Iraq War, which we were lied into. She lost friends over there; other friends came home with visible and invisible wounds. But make… Read more »

bt89
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bt89

She is a pushover. She changes her position when the wind blows. She was FOR those wars

Ammomandan
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Ammomandan

Of course she might have been for those wars at the time dip$hit. She was in them! Either way she’s definitely the only Democrat I hope gets the nomination. I’d obviously vote for Trump over her but at least if the Democrats do pull the win it wouldn’t be as bad as it could be with any of those other 19 clowns running. Out of all 20 Democrats running for the presidency I literally only respect one of them and that’s Tulsi Gabbard. If she’s was pro 2A I’d probably even vote for her if Trump wasn’t up for re-election.

Ranger11b
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Ranger11b

She’s a veteran and took an oath to defend the Constitution against enemy’s foreign and domestic and she’s against the second amendment as a veteran 11b Infantryman that sickens me

Anthony Kueber
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Anthony Kueber

Wha? “”A half a loaf is better than none”” but there’s no need to compromise as the founders not only gave us the full loaf, they left us the keys to the bakery…