ALBANY—The group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is asking members to lobby against the possible appointment of Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate.
The group urges people to call David Paterson and "tell him you don't want the NRA to take New York's Senate Seat." The e-mail message reads:
Kirsten Gillibrand's record on gun issues is just awful. She has an "A" rating from the NRA as a superior representative of their views, in part because she signed on as an amicus supporter of Heller in the brief filed with the Supreme Court. In that decision, the Supreme Court clearly stated that the second amendment was "not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose". Despite this clear limitation by the Court, Gillibrand was one of the original sponsors of HR 6691 which goes far beyond any reasonable limitations described by Justice Scalia and would have permitted the return of assault weapons to the streets of Washington, D.C. HR 6691 was revised only after vigorous objection by the majority of law enforcement agencies whose job it is to protect the citizens and visitors to our Nation's Capital.
Gillibrand was re-elected to a second term in the sprawling 20th District by a comfortable margin. To do so, she has taken some conservative positions, including on gun rights.
The lobbying effort comes pretty late in the senate appointment game, with David Paterson saying he will make a pick by this weekend. Gillibrand is considered a dark horse contender for the seat, and enjoyed a small resurgence of attention recently after admitting she had met with David Paterson and after a web site urging her appointment was launched by as-yet unidentified people.