A Democrat running in New York said she cannot publicly say she supports an assault rifle ban, even though she does. Her reason is because she knows she won’t win her election in New York’s 21st Congressional District if she does.
Tedra Cobb, who’s trying to unseat Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), was caught on video making the claim during a campaign event with teenage supporters, according to Stephen Gutowski at The Washington Free Beacon, who obtained the audio.
"When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?' And I said they should be banned," Cobb said. "And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that."
Cobb said the woman then pushed back.
"And she said, ‘Well, I want you to' and I said, ‘I won't win,'" Cobb said. "I said Moms Demand [Action] says, and [member of New York chapter of Moms Demand] Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win.'"
Moms Demand Action is a group dedicated to gun control.
Gutowski points out that Cobb has a section on her website about “Addressing Gun Violence,” but does not mention an assault rifle ban.
Gutowski is an NRA-certified instructor who has written extensively on guns and the lack of knowledge about them in the media and politics. Earlier this year on Twitter, Gutowski noted that the “assault rifle” as mentioned by Cobb and her supporter has actually been banned from purchase since 1986.
Assault weapons bans, something different — but used interchangeably — that the Left also advocates for, are nearly impossible to ban as doing so would turn millions of law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight.
Incorrect terminology aside, Cobb is still attempting to deceive voters by not saying she supports a ban on certain firearms when she actually does and would likely advocate for such if elected.