NRA Darling Gillibrand Shifts on Gun Control
New York's once-fierce proponent of gun rights now calls for tighter gun control
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2012 12:37 PM CST
In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds son Henry, 4, after greeting supporters after she won re-election.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – New York's junior senator once bragged about the two rifles under her bed and her A-rating from the NRA, but Kirsten Gillibrand has shifted away from her once-vigorous defense of the Second Amendment, reports the New York Post. In the wake of high-profile shootings of her friend Gabrielle Giffords and the Newtown massacre, Gillibrand—whose name is occasionally dropped in 2016 circles—has become an outspoken proponent of tighter gun control. “As someone who believes in the Constitution and an individual’s right to bear arms, I believe the first place we should look for answers is in the Second Amendment itself,” she wrote in a New York Daily News op-ed this month, “The words ‘well-regulated’ prove the Founding Fathers themselves understood the need to have reasonable limits.”

With yesterday's shooting of firefighters in her own state, Gillibrand is likely to double-down on her call for "common sense" gun laws. And pro-gun advocates aren't happy: “I think gun owners probably view her in ways they view Mitt Romney. How do you trust someone when they change their stance and politics?” says one.

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rydag
Dec 26, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Do you people even know the difference between an "Assault weapon" and a semi-auto rifle? Till you know the difference I would suggest not sating anything till you know. As for a capacity magazines (30 rds) compared low capacity (10-15) rounds is really a non issue. It only takes about 1.5 seconds to change magazines for someone that has practiced fro 15 minutes.
BrushMan
Dec 26, 2012 11:11 AM CST
And another Republican changes horses in mid stream.
Observer
Dec 26, 2012 9:35 AM CST
Just as Gun owners are quick to dismiss gun killings because a person can kill another person with lots of other things, they are equally quick to rationalize their pathetic lust for guns. What would a gun owners lose by not having a gun? He can still kill things in many ways. Or he can still defend himself from imaginary attackers with knives, swords, whips, chains, chainsaws, tire irons, golf clubs, frying pans, ropes, wire, a chair or Kung Fu. Any dipshit Rambo wannabe should be more versatile and creative. Guns make it too easy.