New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pressed her case for stricter gun control regulations Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," maintaining that expanded background checks were a step in the right direction - a move the National Rifle Association is hell-bent on preventing.
NBC host David Gregory asked Gillibrand if there was a conflict, since she had run in 2008 on a largely pro-NRA voting record.
She responded: "That's how I know this bill will work. 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."
Gillibrand continued on passionately about the parents of the shooting victims in Newtown. She has also been outspoken about her friend, former Arizona rep Gabby Giffords - who was critically injured from a gunshot wound in a plaza shooting. Giffords survived but had to resign, and she and her husband - former astronaut Mark Kelly - are leading figures in the fight for stricter gun regulations.
by RTT Staff Writer
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