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.

  • 108 thoughts on “Tulsi is Terrible but Redeemable on the Second Amendment

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 foreign countries, the last thing she has is American people’s interest she has socaislt interest

      1. 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 no mistake, Tulsi is no pushover. She has balls of steel!

    4. 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

    5. 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…

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