Heitkamp Still Sending Mixed Signals On Gun Control


Senator Heidi Heitkamp was on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos today. She didn’t really have much of interest to say – generic pleadings for working togetherness, etc., etc. – but on gun control she was downright confusing.

“Are you willing to sign on to some of the reforms that Vice President Biden and President Obama are already talking about?” Stephanopoulos asked, referring specifically to gun control. Heitkamp did say that what the Obama administration is proposing is “too extreme,” but when she was asked if she was willing to talk about gun control she said “I think you need to put everything on the table.”

Heitkamp also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union where she was equally incoherent about her support for gun issues:

HEITKAMP: I’m not going to comment on what’s in a Washington Post story. I want to see the proposal. But I’m a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe that we need to do things that will prevent what happened at Sandy Hook elementary. When I was —

CROWLEY: It would be gun control that you’re talking about?

HEITKAMP: I think you need to look at everything in the mix, but I’m not a big believer that this is a one-size-fits-all solution, and we absolutely need to have a balanced approach, and then we need to live in reality. What can you actually get passed? What can you actually get done that’s going to make schools and communities safer in America? And I don’t think that that proposal necessarily as you’ve described it to me fits the bill for me.

Back in November, before the election, NRA President David Keene expressed some doubts about Heitkamp’s position on guns. The media is quick to tout Heitkamp’s “A rating” from the NRA, but Keene points out that rating isn’t based on any actual policy making, but rather Heitkamp giving the right answers on a questionnaire. Further, Keene pointed out that in 2000 Heitkamp didn’t even bother to fill out their survey.

Heitkamp, ever the savvy politician, knows well that she represents a constituency that is very much pro-guns. It doesn’t seem as though Heitkamp herself, though, is nearly so-pro gun as evidenced by the fact that she seems willing to tell us what she’s against in terms of gun control, but not what she’s for.

Heitkamp may not take an overtly anti-gun stance, but it would be a safe bet to say that Heitkamp will take more subtle steps toward an anti-gun agenda.

North Dakota’s new Senator is nothing if not insufferably dissembling in these matters.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • schreib

    She better remember just who she works for

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      She doesn’t have to worry about us for about five years.

      The electorate’s memory is short.

  • Roy_Bean

    I’m sure she is a little confused right now, she probably hasn’t met Angelo yet and hasn’t picked out her beach house but give her time, she will be able to forget us just as well as Comrade Conrad did.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Ha, well, I don’t think she’ll be able to do business with Mozilo. He’s out of the game now.

    • SusanBeehler

      She isn’t confused, you are insulting.

      • somebodysomewhere

        You are in denial.

        • SusanBeehler

          denial of what?

  • sbark

    Notice she hasnt even come out against the call for consfication, let alone big taxes on ammo, mags and guns………

    Here is an article from Russian Pravda………RUSSIAN PRAVDA for gods sake…….advising the USA to not give an inch on 2nd Amend Rights
    ……The radical lefts reasons for Gun control is the same thru history……and they could care less about Sandy Hook School……

    • two_amber_lamps

      Define IRONY…..

  • kevindf

    She should learn how to properly pronounce the word “ultimatum.” She also needs much more practice with television techniques.

    • SusanBeehler

      I thought she look good and was very clear.

      • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

        You have a funny definition of “clear”

        • SusanBeehler

          It is “clear” she wants to wait to see what the proposal is before making a comment. I think that is smart.

          • camsaure

            No, That is called politics. I she were passionate about the subject she would have made a statement right away, which ever way she believes. That would be providing she could resist telling more lies as she usually does.

          • SusanBeehler

            “I she” How can you give a statement about something, when you do not know what the something could be. She has stated she wants the mental health issues explored. Just you want someone to shoot their mouth off so YOU feel secure does not mean that is good leadership or a wise public policy. You want someone to state your opinion an “all or nothing” mentality. She is not you

          • camsaure

            “She is not you” Yeah, your right, I count my blessings everyday.

  • camsaure

    What she was really trying to say is; That she doesn’t know how close the vote is going to be yet. If it is close, she will sell us out just like the prior three idiots did. If the vote is going to be far apart she will vote different.

  • yy4u2

    If I was senator, I’d have told him to roll Chuck’s clip.


  • Dakotacyr

    Perhaps she is being a thoughtful legislator and wants to see what is in the proposal. Perhaps instead of stoking the fires of fear on both sides, she actually wants to study the proposal that is out forward. That is certainly what I am looking for in a Senator, not someone who shoots from the hip, so to speak, before we know what the proposal will be.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      That’s a cop out. This isn’t a new debate. We’ve been having it for decades. She’s bring purposefully ambiguous so as to hide her real position.

      She’s playing politics. She line she promised she wouldn’t.

      • SusanBeehler

        She and her family owns guns. It is clear she is a gun owner. Is “line” clear?

        • camsaure

          She considers herself among the “elite” as do most politicians especially damocrats. They will keep their guns, they just don’t want “common folk” to have theirs.

    • ND in MD

      Democrats have a history of not reading or debating bills before voting for them. Rememebr Nancy during the Obamacare care disaster? She said we need to “pass the bill to find out what is in it”. Heidi ( or should that be Liedi) does not “want to see what is in the proposal”.

  • sbark

    She also was quoted…….The new senator continued, “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. And so we need to have a broad discussion before we start talking about gun control.”
    ……..doubt she gets much traction there…………that would effect alot, maybe even the majority of Dem’cat voters……..

  • kevindf

    Just wait until she has to actually vote on gun control.

  • nimrod

    She said pretty much what I expected her so say. I translate it the same way Camsaure does.

  • SusanBeehler

    I liked how she stated North Dakota has the highest rate of gun ownership and the lowest rate of gun violence.

  • Hal736

    If the anti-constitutionalists need her vote, she will do what Reid/Obama tell her. Typical Washington game.

  • somebodysomewhere

    I can’t say I’m surprised. I wonder how long it will take for the Heidi supporters to realize they were hoodwinked.