New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is calling on Governor Paterson to not pick Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Hudson, Columbia County, for the U.S. Senate because of her pro-NRA stance.
“Kirsten Gillibrand’s record on gun issues is just awful. She has an “A” rating from the NRA as a superior representative of their views, in part because she signed on as an amicus supporter of Heller in the brief filed with the Supreme Court,” the group wrote.
Some Democratic officials have warned that Gillibrand’s pro-gun position might hurt her with Democrats statewide if she’s picked by Paterson, which could prompt a Democrat from New York City to challenge her in a primary in 2010.
And with a majority of Democrats in the state living in New York CIty, Gillibrand could struggle in a primary because she is unknown in the city.
The press release continues: “In that decision, the Supreme Court clearly stated that the second amendment was ‘not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.’ Despite this clear limitation by the court, Gillibrand was one of the original sponsors of HR 6691 which goes far beyond any reasonable limitations described by Justice Scalia and would have permitted the return of assault weapons to the streets of Washington, D.C. HR 6691 was revised only after vigorous objection by the majority of law enforcement agencies whose job it is to protect the citizens and visitors to our Nation’s Capital.”