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Clinton Fundraiser Highlights Her Convenient Shifts On Gun Rights

- May 4, 2016

Today, Clinton Will Attend A Fundraiser With Fellow New York Gun Control Advocate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Tonight, Clinton Will Attend A Campaign Fundraiser In Washington, D.C. With Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). ("Please Join Women For Hillary For A 'Breaking Down Barriers' Conversation With Eva Longoria, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ilyse Hogue, And Maya Harris Featuring Hillary," HillaryClinton.com , Accessed 5/3/16)

Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) Is An "Anti-Gun Crusader." "New York's junior senator, a passionate Clinton backer and feminist, broke down during an emotional sit-down here for POLITICO's "Off Message" podcast when I asked her about her own conversion from an upstate House member with a 100 percent NRA rating (who once stored a shotgun under her bed) to an upper-chamber anti-gun crusader." (Glenn Thrush, "Gillibrand's Tearful Plea To Bernie, Give Up Your Guns," Politico's Off Message, 4/18/16)

  • In April, Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) Said Sanders "Doesn't Have The Sensitivity He Needs" When It Comes To Gun Control. "Gillibrand, a 49-year-old mother of two young sons not prone to public expressions of emotion, began to cry in mid-sentence. 'It's so crippling - I mean, I sat down with a mother last week in Brooklyn, and she lost her 4-year-old baby … she took her kid to a park,' she said. 'Every mom takes their kid to a park. And she took her kid to a park and the kid was killed, a baby, a 4-year-old. … [Sanders] doesn't have the sensitivity he needs to the horror that is happening in these families. I just don't think he's fully getting how horrible it is for these families.'" (Glenn Thrush, "Gillibrand's Tearful Plea To Bernie, Give Up Your Guns," Politico's Off Message, 4/18/16)

On This Day In 2008, It Was First Reported That The Clinton Campaign Was Sending Out Mailers Attacking Obama From The Right On Gun Control

On This Day In 2008, It Was Reported That Clinton's Campaign Sent A Mailer Attacking Obama On Gun Control. "Hillary Clinton has re-opened her sharp attack on Barack Obama's position on guns, with a mailer in Indiana that seeks to raise questions about him with both supporters and opponents of gun rights. The mailing -- perhaps the sharpest-edged of Clinton's five negative mail pieces in Indiana -- casts him as a typical politician, saying different things to different audiences. It also revives his damaging comments in San Francisco that small town people cling to guns." (Ben Smith, "Clinton Mailing Attacks Obama On Guns," Politico, 5/4/08)

The Mailer Attacked Obama's Positions On Guns, Noting He Supported A Handgun Ban In The 1990s. "'What does Barack Obama really believe?' a mail ad from Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign asked of her Democratic primary opponent's position on guns. The mailer attacked Obama for first-according to the ad-telling a group in Chicago he supported a ban on handguns. The ad references a candidate questionnaire from 1996, when Obama was running for State Senate, in which he was listed as supporting a ban on 'the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns.'" (Christopher Massie, "That Time Hillary Clinton's Campaign Attacked Obama In 2008 For Flip-Flopping On Guns," BuzzFeed, 10/13/15)

(Source: Politico)

The Mailer Was Part Of Clinton's Larger Strategy Of Running To The Right Of Obama On Gun Control. "Positioning herself to the right of then-Sen. Barack Obama, Clinton spoke throughout the campaign about the importance of guns to American culture while still defending Bill Clinton's record on gun control." (Lauren Carroll, "Fact-Checking O'Malley's Claim That Hillary Clinton Flips On Gun Issues 'Every Election'," Politifact, 12/19/15)

The New York Times' Headline: "Clinton Portrays Herself As A Pro-Gun Churchgoer" (Julie Bosman, "Clinton Portrays Herself As A Pro-Gun Churchgoer," The New York Times, 4/12/08)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Also Has A Hypocritical History On Guns, Having Run Her 2006 Campaign On A "Vow To Protect Gun Rights" And Earning The Endorsement Of The NRA In 2008

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Is A "Passionate Clinton Backer." "New York's junior senator, a passionate Clinton backer and feminist, broke down during an emotional sit-down here for POLITICO's 'Off Message' podcast when I asked her about her own conversion from an upstate House member with a 100 percent NRA rating (who once stored a shotgun under her bed) to an upper-chamber anti-gun crusader." (Glenn Thrush, "Gillibrand's Tearful Plea To Bernie, Give Up Your Guns," Politico's Off Message, 4/18/16)

Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) Ran For Congress In 2006 On A Platform Based Around "Above All, Her Vow To Protect Gun Rights. "Gillibrand embodies the changing politics of guns as well as anyone, having run for Congress in 2006 as part of class of candidates recruited by then-Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel geared at pulling the party back to the center. She won her right-of-center district on a platform that included her opposition to amnesty for undocumented immigrants, her commitment to balancing the federal budget and, above all, her vow to protect gun rights." (Glenn Thrush, "Gillibrand's Tearful Plea To Bernie, Give Up Your Guns," Politico's Off Message, 4/18/16)

In 2008, Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) Was Endorsed By The NRA And Received An "A" Rating. "The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Greenport, in the 20th Congressional District race. Gillibrand received an 'A' rating, which indicates a 'solidly pro-gun candidate,' according to the NRA Web site. The rating is based on the congresswoman's voting history on gun-related legislation." (Maury Thompson, "Gillibrand Endorsed By NRA," The Post Star, 10/8/08)

  • Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) "Was Proud Of Her Perfect Letter Grade From The NRA." " She was also proud of her perfect letter grade from the NRA, which said she had voted with them on gun related issues 100 percent of the time as an upstate Congresswoman." (Melissa Russo, "NRA Shoots Down Gillibrand's 'Grade'," NBC, 9/29/10)

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