Female state lawmakers slam NRA for being sexist, extremist

“There were certainly comments about the liberty tree needing to be watered with more bloodshed,” Jo Anne Simon said.Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News

“There were certainly comments about the liberty tree needing to be watered with more bloodshed,” Jo Anne Simon said.

ALBANY — A group of female state lawmakers slammed the NRA and other gun-rights groups Wednesday for being sexist as well as extremist.

The women, including two Brooklyn lawmakers who were targeted by the NRA with a menacing image of bullets next to their faces, said gun rights enthusiasts subject female legislators to threats and bullying tactics that they do not use on men.

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“What we have seen is that when women support common sense gun control legislation, we get our lives threatened,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger, (D-Manhattan), adding that “our male colleagues don’t get death threats.”

“What we have seen is that when women support common sense gun control legislation, we get our lives threatened,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger.Mike Groll/AP

“What we have seen is that when women support common sense gun control legislation, we get our lives threatened,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger.

Krueger and a handful of other women lawmakers rallied in support of State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, whose pictures were posted on a NRA publication’s website surrounded by four bullets.

The image ran alongside an editorial mocking the two Democrats’ plan to introduce legislation that would place new restrictions on the sale of ammunition in the state.

Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, an NRA affiliate, has disputed the claim that the image was an attempt at intimidation, saying critics need to “get over it.”

Roxanne Persaud (l.) and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (r.), whose pictures were posted on a NRA publication’s website surrounded by four bullets.@NRAA1F via Twitter

Roxanne Persaud (l.) and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (r.), whose pictures were posted on a NRA publication’s website surrounded by four bullets.

Persaud and Simon both said they have received threatening emails and tweets since they announced plans for the legislation.

“There were certainly comments about the liberty tree needing to be watered with more bloodshed,” Simon said.

Krueger referred to such tactics as “organized bullying.”

Later Wednesday, Krueger noted to reporters comments on the gun rights website bearingarms.com that referred to Persaud and Simon as “witches” and “harpies.”

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