Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), New York Gov. David Paterson’s apparent choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, is being criticized for her views in favor of gun rights, reports Politico.com. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), whose husband was murdered by a crazed gunman 15 years ago on the Long Island Rail Road criticized Gillibrand’s “awful” record on gun control.
Gillibrand's pro-gun positions have aroused opposition in a state where most Democrats, and many Republicans, favor stringent gun control measures. She earned the NRA's top rating last year and backed a repeal of Washington D.C.'s handgun ban–even submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of pro-gun groups. Several anti-gun groups, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, urged Paterson to pick someone else.