New York/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Sometimes, karma can come in some unexpected ways. In the case of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, it’s seen in a floundering presidential campaign. The fact of the matter is, she could have carved a very interesting niche for herself, but blew her opportunity to do so.
Like Senator Casey of Pennsylvania, Kirsten Gillibrand went from being a supporter of our Second Amendment rights to supporting the irrational push to punish law-abiding citizens for crimes and mass shootings they did not commit. At one point, she signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban. When she was appointed to the Senate, she drew fire for her track record in favor of law-abiding gun owners.
Kirsten Gillibrand had a choice: She could continue to stand up for law-abiding gun owners – many of whom owned semi-automatic firearms – or she could chase the approval of anti-Second Amendment extremists. She chose the latter, claiming she changed her views after talking to victims of urban gun violence.
The fact that New York City already had a variety of laws that anti-Second Amendment extremists dream of imposing nation-wide that weren’t stopping crime did not matter. Nor did the fact that Project Exile had shown great promise in not only putting away violent criminals and drug dealers who were misusing firearms – without harming the rights of law-abiding citizens – but in deterring the misuse and in cutting crime overall.
She betrayed the law-abiding gun owners in New York, who hoped she would defend them from those who would strip away their rights as punishment for shootings they did not commit for what she saw was a path to higher office. She went from someone who had the unique opportunity to humanize Second Amendment supporters to just another irrational anti-Second Amendment politician.
Even if she had been voted out in a 2010 or 2012 primary for her support of the Second Amendment, she would have had numerous opportunities to re-boot her life. There are many pro-Second Amendment politicians who laid down their political careers to stand with law-abiding gun owners and who then went on to other things. But she chose the path of political expediency instead.
Today, she supports a ban on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms along with an arbitrary limit on magazine capacity. Also, she is not ruling out support for court-packing plans, which would be devastating for Second Amendment supporters on multiple fronts. She has resisted calls for licensing schemes like Cory Booker’s, but she still has become an enemy of law-abiding gun owners, one who knowingly lies about the NRA.
Her presidential campaign has been floundering, though, and perhaps that is a bit of karma coming back to bite her. Hopefully, there will come a time when politicians will find the guts to stand up to the irrational demands of the anti-Second Amendment extremists seeking the disarmament of law-abiding citizens. Perhaps Gillibrand will be seen as that sort of cautionary tale.
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.