A comment made by Sen. Lisa Murkowski to gun-control advocate David Hogg has raised the red flag for candidate Kelly Tshibaka, who said that Murkowski changes her story on guns depending on the audience she is speaking with.
Ten Republicans have forged an agreement with Democrats to begin undermining the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The proposed legislation is in response to criminal attacks, such as the one in Uvalde, Texas, where a shooter killed numerous students in an elementary school, while law enforcement waited outside and refused aid.
While Murkowski is not one of the 10, she is on tape talking about gun control with one of the nation’s most strident gun-control activists, the Harvard student who went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a mass shooting took place in 2018.
“You’re looking for some initial steps, I totally get that, and I think that in Congress, we owe some steps here,” Murkowski told Hogg. “OK?”
Murkowski continued, “We’ve got some work to do,” and described how a number of Alaskans were on their way to the nation’s capital to “engage.”
Hogg went on to talk about racism.
“We can’t say it’s so complicated we can’t do anything ,” Murkowski, said, describing gun violence as a multi-dimensional problem. “We haven’t been able to make any progress, we just say, ‘oh, it’s too hard’…”
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today issued the following statement about the tape of Murkowski and Hogg:
“It’s bad enough that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has blessed the negotiations with Democrats over which constitutional rights they can legislate away, but now our senior U.S. senator from Alaska is telling anti-gun activists that she’s open to their demands. Lawful ownership of firearms under the 2nd Amendment is central to our identity as Alaskans, as we use it to provide food for our families and for self-defense. We must address the root causes of violent attacks, such as mental health, rather than blaming inanimate objects. This can’t be understated: Leftists are coming for our guns and after more than 20 years in the Senate, Lisa Murkowski has pledged to help them.”