‘We have to be willing to meet with leaders and whoever they may be, adversaries or dictators or otherwise…’
(Liberty Headlines) Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,D-Hawaii, was asked during a campaign appearance whether she would meet with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre like she did Syrian President Bashar Assad. She says she’s open to the idea.
The question came from a lifetime NRA member in New Hampshire on Wednesday as many of her 2020 rivals convened in Las Vegas for a forum on gun policy.
Gabbard replied, “Just as with our foreign policy, we have to be willing to meet with leaders and whoever they may be, adversaries or dictators or otherwise, because the only alternative to diplomacy is war.”
The Hawaii congresswoman has been criticized for her 2017 meeting in Syria with Assad, whose government has been accused of chemical weapons attacks against its own citizens.
While Assad was known to use chemical weapons on his own people, the NRA’s main function is protecting the 2nd Amendment rights outlined by the U.S. Constitution expressly because of tf the potential for tyranny, anticipated by the country’s Founding Fathers, that leaders like Assad would overreach in their quest for power.
However, the Left has sought, in its most recent efforts to undermine and diminish gun rights to link the NRA—without evidence—to domestic terrorism.
Far left cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have even sought to blacklist companies that do business with the pro-liberty group, although such efforts have failed in the courts.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.