Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) corrected NBC host David Gregory on Sunday after he repeated the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) talking points in opposition to expanding gun background checks even though only 10 percent of the country agrees with the lobbying group.
During a panel discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, Gregory argued that “not a lot is about to be accomplished” even if the Senate succeeds in passing a bill to close the so-called gun show loophole and expand background checks to Internet sales.
“I disagree,” Gillibrand insisted. “I think we have a very good start on beginning to crack down on gun crime. And the bottom line is the families of Newtown, the families all across America who lose children every single day, they deserve a vote, they deserve an answer, they deserve leadership out of Washington.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) argued that the background check proposal “would serve primarily to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing little of anything to prevent tragedies like [Newtown] from occurring in the future.”
Gregory asked Gillibrand if supporting gun control would be “tough” to do after she had touted a pro-NRA voting record during the 2008 election.
“That’s why I know this bill will work,” the New York Democrat explained. “It is making sure you protect Second Amendment rights. We’re not undermining Second Amendment rights by saying criminals have to go through a background check before they can buy that weapon or straw purchasers and trafficker can’t be stemming their guns straight into these communities.”
“But the NRA doesn’t believe that,” Gregory interrupted. “The NRA does not agree.”
“This is not about the NRA!” Gillibrand exclaimed. “This is about families! This is about America! Seventy-percent of NRA members like the background check bill, like the straw purchase bill. They even support things like assault weapons ban.”
“So if you’re talking about people and if you’re talking about America and what Americans want, Americans want these reforms. We just saw that mother who lost her child, you cannot do nothing in the face of that tragedy!”
Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast April 14, 2013.
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