Rep. McCarthy: Gun-Control Critics ‘Don’t Know What They’re Talking About’

By Elizabeth Harrington | March 13, 2013 | 7:47 PM EDT

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) (AP)

( – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that if gun-control measures fail to pass Congress, then “some people that really don’t know what they’re talking about have won again.”

“All I’m saying is do not give up,” said McCarthy, during a rally on Capitol Hill organized by “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” which was formerly called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.”

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“Because if we give up and we can’t get it done, then you know what? Some people that really don’t know what they’re talking about have won again,” she said.

“And when we have NRA members that are supporting us, you have gun owners supporting us, and no matter what they say, we are not taking away their Second Amendment rights, we are only trying to protect our loved ones, and all of our loved ones,” McCarthy said.  “I mean, we can make a difference.”

McCarthy was among several Democratic lawmakers who joined the rally calling for a new assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and a 10-round limit on magazines, among other measures.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) also made appearances at the rally.

McCarthy has sponsored five pieces of gun control legislation since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, including an “assault weapons” ban and a bill that would stop online sales of gun ammunition.

Feinstein is sponsoring an “assault weapons” ban in the Senate, which is currently sitting in the Judiciary Committee after a vote was postponed on Tuesday.  The bill would ban the sale, transfer or manufacturing of 157 rifles, handguns and shotguns.

“Ladies and gentlemen we have a chance to do this,” Feinstein said to applause from an audience filled with members of Moms Demand Action.  “It isn’t easy,” she said.