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NRA Low Blows Giffords in Rising Gun Control Debate

 

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On March 4, gun control advocate, Gabby Giffords joins lawmakers in pushing for expanded background checks on Capitol Hill. The push faces an uphill battle due to GOP majorities in the House and Senate, as well as NRA opposition to any new gun control.

Then the NRA struck back with a tweet some might call “too low”. The NRA had tweeted a Breitbart News story titled “Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed.”

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton read the title aloud on a March 6 broadcast, then tried to equate it with a personal attack on Giffords by asking, “How can the NRA tweet anything like this about Giffords after all she went through?”

The NRA argues that expanding background checks will neither stop criminals from getting guns nor stop them from committing crimes with guns. They will either steal their guns like Adam Lanza did, buy their guns via a black market like the Paris and Copenhagen attackers did, or pass a background check and then commit their heinous crimes anyway like James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara gunman), and Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’ gunman) did.

But Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, stood with Democrat lawmakers to argue that expanding background checks to include gun show sales is a way of “stopping violence.” Giffords, Democrat lawmakers, President Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder continue to argue for expanded background checks as a way to prevent future Sandy Hook-style attacks.

 
 
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