Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told multiple lies about firearm laws in the United States and about the National Rifle Association during a Fox News town hall on Sunday and was immediately called out by host Chris Wallace.
“The NRA is the worst organization in this country,” Gillibrand said. “They care more about their profits than the American people. They care more about selling guns to someone on the terror watch list or someone with grave mental illness or who has a violent criminal background.”
For starters, the NRA is a non-profit organization and they do not sell firearms.
Gillibrand’s claim that NRA wants to sell guns to “someone on the terror watch list” is laughably false. FiveThirtyEight reports:
But civil liberties and gun rights groups are critical of the list. … But the ACLU, citing secret documents released by the journalism site The Intercept, was critical in 2014 of the growing numbers of people on the watch list, saying there are no clear standards by which to determine who is placed in a database that can be used for religious and racial profiling. The rights of American citizens to contest their possible inclusion on the list is infringed because of the list’s secrecy, the ACLU said.
The National Rifle Association has said that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase guns but has opposed using the watch list for that purpose because some names may be on the list by mistake. In a statement on Wednesday, the group said that “due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watch list to be removed.”
Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, violent criminals are already prohibited from owning firearms, as are people who have “grave mental illness,” assuming that they have been “adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution.”
Later during the town hall, after Gillibrand made additional false claims, Gillibrand made false claims about the Trump administration.
“Remember, after the shooting in Las Vegas [Trump] said, ‘we’re going to ban the bump stocks.’ Did he ban the bump stocks? No! Because the NRA came crashing down.”
The Trump administration did ban bump stocks after the shooting and the ban just went into effect earlier this year.
“The NRA is lying to the American people, it is not about the Second Amendment. … [The NRA] wants to make sure an abuser who has a restraining order against him can buy a weapon,” Gillibrand falsely claimed.
As stated in its bylaws, the NRA exists to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms, in order that the people may always be in a position to exercise their legitimate individual rights of self-preservation and defense of family, person, and property, as well as to serve effectively in the appropriate militia for the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberty of its citizens.”
Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, those who have been convicted of domestic violence or who have a restraining order filed against them are prohibited from owning firearms.
Finally, Wallace called out Gillibrand for her complete flop on the issue of guns and said: “It sounds a lot more like it’s politics than principles… how do you explain the change?”
When Gillibrand was a representative in a conservative district, Gillibrand loved the NRA and supported gun rights, which the NRA reminded her of on Monday.