Newly-elected Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a card-carrying member of the NRA, came to the US Senate already bought-and-sold by the NRA. And she proved her value by dutifully repeating clear NRA talking points on ABC’s THIS WEEK this past Sunday:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told me this morning on “This Week” that while all options should be on the table to address gun violence, President Obama’s reported plans to curb shootings are ”way in extreme” when I pressed her this morning on the kinds on measures she could potentially support.
“I think you need to put everything on the table, but what I hear from the administration – and if the Washington Post is to be believed – that’s way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it’s not going to pass,” said Heitkamp, a member of the National Rifle Association.
Heitkamp, who has an “A” rating from the NRA and was elected in a state that Gov. Mitt Romney won by nearly 20 points, stressed the importance of addressing mental health as part of the effort to curb violent shootings.
“Let’s start addressing the problem. And to me, one of the issues that I think comes, screams out of this is the issue of mental health and the care for the mentally ill in our country, especially the dangerously mentally ill,” she said. “And, so, we need to have a broad discussion before we start talking about gun control.”
Ooh, Obama is so extreme!
Actually, not so much, Senator Heitkamp. What’s “extreme” is a woman who is only days into her new job and is already proving just how far up the NRA’s butt she really is. Folks, you want to see Washington corruption in action, look no further than Heidi Heitkmap, D-NRA. She’s the best gun nut money can buy. You’ve heard of “hired guns”? Meet a “hired gun-nut.”
Mental health is the problem? Well, then here’s a crazy idea, Senator – How about we not only try to get the crazy people help, but we also stop making it so easy for the crazy people to get guns in the first place! The guy took his mom’s legal guns and killed a bunch of six and seven year olds. Do you even care about that, Senator? You’ve got two kids. If someone shot each of them three times and left them for dead, would your first impulse be to call the NRA and then regurgitate their talking points about a “broad discussion” in an effort to kill any efforts for real reform? Because that’s obviously what you did, Senator Heitkamp. You’re running interference for the very people who helped make these murders possible in the first place. Merry Christmas!
Heidi Heitkamp’s Definition of a Broad Discussion
The funny thing about broad discussions, Senator, is that they’re really hard to have when you’re dead.
They’re also hard to have when you tell one side in the discussion that they’re not even permitted to propose anything you don’t like.
But of course, Heidi Heitkamp has no intention of having a broad conversation about gun violence. She said outright in the ABC interview that not only is she opposed to the President’s gun proposals, but she even objects to even discussing them at all. That’s what she said. They shouldn’t even be talked about.
HEITKAMP: We all need to stop talking in ultimatums and say only these — you know, narrowing the debate, put everything on the table, start working together, that’s what you do in America in every small town and every business in America. You don’t rule out anything until you’ve actually had a dialogue….
And so we need to have a broad discussion before we start talking about gun control.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, the White House is talking about that, but are you willing to talk about gun control, as well?
HEITKAMP: Well, I think you need to put everything on the table, but what I hear from the administration — and if the Washington Post is to be believed — that’s way — way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about.
Not even talked about? Wow.
Note first that Heitkamp is clearly parroting the NRA’s “discussion” and “conversation” talking points. Second, note how Heitkamp goes in one sentence from talking about a broad conversation in which nothing is ruled out and everything is put on the table, to then saying, literally in the same sentence, that we shouldn’t even talk about the White House’s proposals.
Is that how North Dakotans do it in their small towns, Senator Heitkamp? They call for a discussion in which they get to say whatever they want and then tell everyone else to STFU?
So, Heidi Heitkamp is so extreme that she’s not even in favor of a broad conversation, which itself is intended to kill any effort to move any legislation.
Leave Senator Heitkamp a Message on Facebook and Twitter
Perhaps Democrats should pay Senator Heitkamp a virtual visit on her Facebook page and her Twitter account @Heidi4ND and start having that broad discussion about extremism and mental illness. Because Senator Heitkamp is nuts if she thinks Demorats are going to let her get away with being some NRA stooge day one in office. If she wants to be the next Joe Lieberman, she’ll be treated like the next Joe Lieberman. Being a Democratic pariah is a lonely place your first day on the job.
You can watch Heidi Heitkamp run defense for the NRA here:
If the video disappears, as it likes to do, you can watch it here.
This ad ran this morning in a few DC publications, especially for Senator Heidi Heitkamp.