Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s ‘embarrassed’ and ‘ashamed’ of former pro-gun stance

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s ‘embarrassed’ and ‘ashamed’ of former pro-gun stance
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) laments her former conservative stance on gun laws in a "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday. (Getty Images/Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is markedly embarrassed by her former stance on gun laws and Second Amendment rights.

What did she say?

Gillibrand, in a “60 Minutes” profile that aired on Sunday, said that she was both “embarrassed” and “ashamed” of her old moderate gun stance, and seemed to humblebrag her way into patting her own back for turning over a new leaf and going liberal on gun control.

During the conversation, “60 Minutes” interviewer Sharyn Alfonsi noted that the National Rifle Association had once given Gillibrand an “A” rating.

When Gillibrand reversed positions on gun control, the NRA in 2010 downgraded her to an F.

“Why the 180?” Alfonsi asked during the interview.

Gillibrand in response indicated that she was sheltered in the bubble of upstate New York, when she, in 2009, proudly announced that she kept two guns underneath her bed to protect her family home.

“If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right,” Gillibrand said at the time.

Gillibrand, responding to Alfonsi’s question about flip-flopping on guns, credited visiting New York City as the catalyst.

“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities,” Gillibrand said. “And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong. You know, I only had the lens of upstate New York.”

Alfonsi interrupted, “But you had lived in New York City for a decade,” but Gillibrand cut her off and expressed her embarrassment.

“I know, and that’s why I was embarrassed,” Gillibrand said. “I was wrong. What it’s about is the power of the NRA and the greed of that industry. Let’s be clear, it is not about hunters’ rights. It’s about money.”

213 Comments