Gillibrand Should Be Embarrassed by Her Hypocrisy, Not Her NRA Rating

By Patrick Richardson

Kirsten Gillibrand is nothing if not a political opportunist. She was happy to take brib…er, campaign donations and endorsements from Bill and Hillary Clinton when she was running for election but was quick to throw them under the bus when the #MeToo movement made it politically expedient. (She did the same with her colleague, Al Franken, demanding he resign, despite a lack of anything resembling due process.)

Gillibrand was once a staunch supporter of gun rights, too, even earning an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. Of course, that was when she was just running for the U.S. House of Representatives in rural upstate New York. When she decided to run for Senate (and one suspects president), she knew her positions on gun rights would cost her some votes in oh-so-enlightened New York City.

Since then, she’s changed her tune, and her grade from the NRA has dropped from an “A” to an “F.”

But understand, she didn’t change her position for political expediency. Oh no, it was “compassion,” the Washington Examiner reports:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., admitted she was “embarrassed” of not better understanding “gun violence” after touting her top ranking from the National Rifle Association on gun rights issues when she first ran for office in upstate New York.

“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities. 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,” Gillibrand told CBS in an interview that aired Sunday.

Unsurprisingly, she tried to gloss over the fact that she’d been a lawyer in New York City for a decade and had plenty of time to “understand” Click to see the original article