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Dem Calls NRA ‘Worst Organization’ in America – So They Release the Love Letter She Wrote to Them

Dem Calls NRA ‘Worst Organization’ in America – So They Release the Love Letter She Wrote to Them

The NRA trolled Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., with her own words on Monday after she called the gun-rights group “the worst organization in this country.”

At a Fox News town hall in Iowa on Sunday, Gillibrand, a Democratic presidential candidate, accused the National Rifle Association of spreading “fear and division and hate.”

“The most outrageous thing that’s happened to our democracy is how much fear and division and hate has been spread,” she said. “I think the NRA is the worst organization in this country for doing exactly that. They care more about their profits than the American people.”

Gillibrand also called on Americans to “stand up to the greed and corruption of the NRA.”

While serving as a congresswoman from 2007 to 2009 in a rural GOP district in upstate New York, Gillibrand earned an “A” rating from the NRA.

Kirsten Gillibrand’s NRA letter

Despite an ongoing financial crisis, the NRA proved it can still defend itself. In a tweet the following morning, the group fired back at Gillibrand by quoting from a supportive letter she wrote it in 2008.

“I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights, and I look forward to working with you for many years,” it quoted her as saying.

Taking a shot at Gillibrand’s weak poll numbers, the NRA added: “Now that she’s looking to crack 1%, she’ll say anything.”

The group followed up by posting a full copy of the letter, in which she detailed her support for gun rights. Among other assurances, she said that she opposed “outright banning” guns based on “cosmetic features” or creating “arbitrary” waiting periods for purchasing firearms.

“I share your concerns about these and other attempts to that could contribute to the slippery slope of government confiscation of people’s firearms based on the arbitrary whims of politics and public opinion,” she wrote to Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm.

All dressed up and nowhere to go

Gillibrand abandoned her pro-gun rights views after being appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2009. When pressed on her shift, she has often recounted a trip she took “down to Brooklyn.”

“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities,” Gillibrand told CBS’ “60 Minutes” last year. “And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong. You know, I only had the lens of upstate New York.”

In what critics see as cynical preparation for a presidential bid, Gillibrand has over the years abandoned a number of more conservative positions. She has run her 2020 campaign on a more-or-less fully woke platform that includes promoting #MeToolegislating transgender rights, impeaching President Donald Trump, ending the detention of immigrants for entering the country illegally and rejecting corporate PAC donations.

Still, Gillibrand has so far remained relatively unknown and unliked by Democratic voters.

Cover image: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., appears at a Fox News town hall on June 2, 2019. (screen grab)

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