New York’s Newest Senator Keeps Two Rifles Under Her Bed

Monday, February 16, 2009


New York’s newest senator, Kristin Gillibrand, keeps two rifles under her bed.

Hillary Clinton’s personal choice to replace her in the U.S. senate seat made the shocking revelation through her chief of staff, Jess Fassler, in an e-mail. Gillibrand won one of the rifles in a raffle at a county fair while campaigning.

New York state does not require anyone to register rifles.

A staunch gun nut, Kristin Gillibrand says neither she nor her husband is a hunter and in a general discussion of gun control said, “If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right.”

Gillibrand enjoys a perfect 100 ranking from the National Rifle Association.

Editors Note: In the wake of the media firestorm surrounding this story, Gillibrand issued a statement today claiming the rifles have now been moved to a safe location. No further details were provided.

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30 Responses to New York’s Newest Senator Keeps Two Rifles Under Her Bed

  1. Woodcliffe says:

    Kristin Gillibrand would be more comfortable as a US Senator in Texas or Montana than in New York where gun violence is responsible for thousands of deaths in the course of criminal activity.

    Why on earth would Hillary Clinton back her?

    This must be one of those strange, gender issues where your sex organs trump common sense and intelligence.

  2. Harry says:

    New York’s very own Annie Oakley.

  3. Rachel says:

    What I hear is, Gov. Paterson basically turned the process of finding a replacement over to Hillary Clinton just so long as the candidate who increase his support in Upstate NY where liberals are as rare as hen’s teeth. Gillibrand fit the bill perfectly as she represents a rural area around Albany. I’m also hearing she isn’t very popular with her colleagues and most senate watchers expect her to be gone in 2010.

  4. Adirondacky says:

    It’s the 100 perfect ranking from the NRA that riles most of Gillibrand’s critics. The NRA had an unofficial office in both Poppy Bush’s and George Bush’s White House and has distorted the facts about gun ownership in American including AK-47’s just for the sport of it.

  5. Anybody with a 100% rating from the NRA is not someone I want representing me.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:

    Politico had an article a few weeks ago about Gillibrand that said her senate colleagues think she’s a laughing stock and nicknamed her “Tracy Flick.”

    I admit total ignorance about her until Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration and overnight Paterson announced her as his choice.

    She’s flip-flopped on a number of issue like repealing DADT, gay marriage and immigration over the past few weeks as her political positions are too conservative for the voters in New York City and much of Long Island.

    But I don’t see her radical pro-gun views changing anytime soon. The NRA bankrolled her last campaign and their support is too important to her.

  7. DMason says:

    “Tracy Flick?” ROFLMAO! Oh, that’s brutal! She sounds paranoid if you ask me. She has what is it, 2 or 3 young children in her home and she has 2 loaded rifles under her bed? Maybe DCS needs to determine if her children are in danger?

  8. Conejo1982 says:

    Gillibrand enjoys a perfect 100 ranking from the National Rifle Association.

    And Gillibrand is Hillary’s choice to replace her in the senate?

    Oh, yes. Hillary of Lancaster, PA and Little Rock, AR.

  9. BradFrmPhnx says:

    I have no problem with any American having a gun in their house for protection. It is their right.

  10. I understand that Paterson appointed her after the Clintons told him they would help with his reelection campaign. So tell me, how is this any different than what that douchebag Blogajevich did?

  11. libhomo says:

    The words “primary challenge” sound more fabulous every day.

  12. feminazi says:

    What a bizarre woman. I understand Gillibrand and her husband have school age children living at home with them. Are these rifles loaded and ready to be fired? Is the couple’s bedroom off-limits to her children, meaning door-locked? Children are notoriously nosy and this is how they wind up getting shot and killed. Also, is the area where the Gillibrands reside so dangerous that they might want to consider moving to a safer area where they don’t feel the need to have rifles under bed for their protection?

  13. Big Hank says:

    Rifles under the bed? With children in the home. Is Kristin Gillibrand out of her fucking mind?

    I grew up in a household with a father who owned several rifles he used to hunt with — although he rarely hunted, but several core rules he always taught us included:

    1. Unload all firearms before taking them into the home
    2. Long arms, such as rifles and shotguns, should be stowed securely in racks or cabinets, preferably locked
    3. Ammunition should be kept under lock and in a location separate from firearms for complete safety

    Perhaps the proper authorities in New York need to be alerted to this situation so they can determine if Gillibrand’s kids can safely live in their home?

  14. BradFrmPhnx says:

    Really…some of the hysteria being shown on here makes me wonder if our friends on the right don’t have us correctly labeled when it comes to guns. The lady has two rifles under her bed. Two. BFD! And FYI everybody, that is a common place to keep firearms. I grew up in a house with 4 rifles and 2 shotguns in the closet by the front door. All the ammo was right above them. And not one of us kids killed the other. Why not? Because we were properly educated on the use of firearms.

    If you want to villify this lady, do it for something that is not against her civil rights.

    “She has a gun in the house with CHILDREN!!!!”
    “THE BITCH!!!”

    Whoever is shouting those kind of dispersions sound a lot like the neocons I am argueing with daily on my local fish wrap, when I am argueing with them for gay rights, a women’s right to choose, or that we can’t decrease taxes and increase spending. Close-minded.

    And some of you want to “alert” the authorities? Friggin’ mass hysteria anyone?

  15. Big Hank says:


    No one is vilifying Gillibrand.

    Go back and reread what I posted. There are basic safety steps a responsible gun owner should take when firearms are kept in the same house as toddler-aged children.

    Long arms, such as rifles don’t belong under the parents bed. They belong in a case, out of reach of kids. Maybe you don’t have kids so you don’t get it but for those of us with kids, this comes down to a basic understanding.

  16. Woodcliffe says:

    OK, BradFrmPhnx. I think everyone understands where you’re coming from based on your previous comments.

    Many people on the left are Second Amendment aficionados like you. That’s cool but along with gun ownership comes responsibility. It’s called being a grown-up.

    Don’t worry. No one is trying to pry the gun or rifle out of your hands. Really. You can relax.

  17. Chuck says:

    I am a liberal Democrat and I support ALL of the Constitution, including the right to bear arms. She has rifles. There’s nothing wrong with that if she’s responsible.

    We need to focus less on people owning guns and more on gun owner responsibility. I think non-felon Americans over 18 should not have their Second Amendment rights taken from them but I also support strict liability where if their gun is used in the commission of a crime, they are responsible, even if the gun was stolen from them.

  18. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Another fascinating and provocative post.

    The notion that some people seem to have that firearms and children don’t mix is some how an infringement on 2nd Amendment rights is specious to say the least.

    I found this paragraph on the NRA’s webpage:

    Store guns so that they are inaccessible to children and other unauthorized users. Gun shops sell a wide variety of safes, cases, and other security devices. While specific security measures may vary, a parent must, in every case, assess the exposure of the firearm and absolutely ensure that it is inaccessible to a child.

    Nowhere does the NRA advocate keeping rifles under the bed of parents with children in the house.

  19. Harry says:

    BradFrmPhnx – Please stay out of the Post Offices today. I have errands to run and I want to come home safely.

  20. libhomo says:

    Brad: It is racist, sexist, and homophobic to even suggest that gun ownership is a “civil right.” You should be ashamed of yourself.

    As for Gillibrand, I will vote against her unless she gets rid of those guns and supports a total ban on handguns too. I

  21. Dave says:


    Wonder how y’all feel about the knives and swords I keep next to my bed…

  22. Rachel says:

    Wonder how y’all feel about the knives and swords I keep next to my bed…

    Wow. I’m glad I’m not married to you. The gun whiners seem to be missing the salient point of the discussion. No one is trying to keep the boys from having their guns and rifles (or in Dave’s case, his knives and swords.) The issue here is a mother of three children under the age of 10 who kept two rifles under her bed until the PR reached a fever pitch, forcing her to put them away in a safe place.

  23. Chuck says:

    @LibHomo- Have you ever read the Constitution? The right to bear arms is indeed a civil right, how idiotic of you to even suggest otherwise. You start to erode that right and what’s to stop society from coming after your right to speak, assemble, petition, religion, association? You’re right to not incriminate yourself, to not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment?
    All the rights in the Bill of Rights are important to a free society. How exercising that right is sexist and homophobic is beyond understanding. I am gay and I want my right to bear arms along with my right to speak freely and to freely associate with whomever I choose.

  24. DR says:

    Rachel my dad kept a firearm in the house while I was growing up. I knew exactly where it was. I also knew, even as a child, that guns could hurt people and don’t play with it.

    How do we know her kids didn’t have the same lessons?!?

  25. Aunt Peg says:

    The whole debate is coming down along gender lines.

    The men think guns and children can and should co-habitat and the women think guns have no place in a household with young children.

    Having raised four of my own, I am adamantly opposed to guns or rifles in the house where there are young children living.

  26. TOM339 says:

    As a rule, children should not be anywhere near firearms. Whether they’re guns or rifles.

    Children have a natural curiosity about shiny, metal objects they see used on TV shows and in the movies.

    The difference is, TV and movies are pretend. A rifle under mommy’s bed is real and if they happen to get their hands on it and shoot it at their brother or sister or the family dog, the death that follows isn’t make believe either.

    It’s real. Kristin Gillibrand is not a responsible parent and I say this as the father of two daughters.

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  28. BradFrmPhnx says:

    Points taken. But how do you know she didn’t have trigger locks on them? How do you know they were loaded? You are making assumptions here and I don’t think that’s fair.

  29. BradFrmPhnx says:

    “Brad: It is racist, sexist, and homophobic to even suggest that gun ownership is a “civil right.” You should be ashamed of yourself.”

    Your assinine remark speaks for itself. How in the world is gun ownership racist, sexist, and homophobic? I have taken a LOT of derision over the years for sticking up for the rights of women and homosexuals. I am a strait biker who works concrete construction. That crowd could give a shit about you. Yet I have openly advocated for your rights. My blood is boiling at your statement to me. Telling me I should be ashamed of myself. Maybe its time for you to put on your big girl panties and get a clue.

  30. BradFrmPhnx says:

    Castigating someone for their beliefs is what the republicans do. Making broad accusations like you did to me is not adding anything to an arguement. I don’t kill people Harry. And just because a person owns a gun, or sticks up for the civil right of another to own a gun, doesn’t mean they want to go to the post office and open fire.

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