The National Rifle Association (NRA) took aim at 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) after she attacked it during her Fox News town hall on Sunday and brought its receipts along.
Gillibrand went after the NRA during her town hall event, during which she claimed the nonprofit Second Amendment organization “car[ed] more about their profits than the American people” and referred to them as “the worst organization in this country.”
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Kirsten Gillibrand: “The NRA is the worst organization in this country. They care more about their profits than the American people, they care more about selling guns to someone on the terror watch list or w/grave mental illness or who has a violent criminal background”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 2, 2019
The NRA did not take the insult sitting down, blasting the 2020 Democratic hopeful as willing to “say anything” so that she can crack 1 percent in the polls.
The organization also pointed out that, during Gillibrand’s time as the representative for New York’s 20th District, she wrote a letter praising it for its work “to protect gun owners’ rights.”
“Gillibrand called us the worst org in the country, but when she represented NY20, she wrote us: ‘I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights, and I look forward to working with you for many years,'” the NRA tweeted. “Now that she’s looking to crack 1%, she’ll say anything.”
Gillibrand called us the worst org in the country, but when she represented NY20, she wrote us: “I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights, and I look forward to working with you for many years.” Now that she’s looking to crack 1%, she’ll say anything. pic.twitter.com/uW5OgpUa5B
— NRA (@NRA) June 3, 2019
The NRA’s shot came the day after the New York senator’s town hall event.
As IJR Red previously reported, host Chris Wallace put Gillibrand in the hot seat when she falsely claimed that President Donald Trump did not ban bump stocks because of the Second Amendment-centered association’s influence.
Wallace asked Gillibrand how it was “brave” of her to flip her stance on guns and immigration after she shifted from representing a rural New York district to the entire state as a senator, to which she responded by saying she “[understood] the importance of having a hunting culture and preserving our Second Amendment rights” and gave examples of urban families hurt by gun violence while blaming the NRA.
Wallace noted that the flip seemed more driven by “politics than principles,” prompting Gillibrand to fall back on the Golden Rule of “treat[ing] others the way you want to be treated.”