Stefanik, Cobb spar over gun rights, meetings

Stefanik, Cobb spar over gun rights, meetings

SCREENSHOTNBC5 moderator Stephanie Gorin (left) and Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb (center) listen to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuyler) during the NBC5 congressional debate held at the Strand Centre Theater in Plattsburgh Wednesday night. PLATTSBURGH — Much was made over the word "banning" during Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb’s second and final debate hosted by NBC5 at the Strand Center Theatre Wednesday night. During questions surrounding Second Amendment rights, Cobb said she would support legislation that would put in place universal background checks, close gun show loopholes and keep families safe. Subsequently asked if she really believed that Democrats would take away people’s guns, Stefanik replied yes, pointing to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s support of an assault weapons ban, and a 2018 video in which Cobb said assault weapons should be banned, but she could not say that publicly because she would not win the race. Cobb retorted that she did not support such a ban, and that she believed responsible gun owners’ rights should be respected. "But I also believe that we should pass meaningful legislation: banning, uh —" she paused, appearing to reassess her language. ‘THIS IS CHILDISH’ It was at this moment that Stefanik pounced. "Banning, she said it herself. Banning. Banning, she said it herself. Banning assault weapons, what I’ve done — banning, she said banning," the congresswoman finished, smiling. Cobb clarified that she meant to say banning gun show loopholes. "You know what, Elise? I’m not a career politician and […]

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