Archive for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

National Review Online: Gabby Giffords' "childish display in the New York Times is an embarrassment."

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Recently, in a New York Times op-ed, Gabby Giffords wrote, “Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious.”

She's not the only one. You will be, too, once you read this, via Media Matters:

In an NRO post, Kevin D. Williamson attacked Giffords [...]

"While Ms. Giffords certainly has my sympathy for the violence she suffered, it should be noted that being shot in the head by a lunatic does not give one any special grace to pronounce upon public-policy questions, nor does it give one moral license to call people "cowards" for holding public-policy views at variance with one's own. Her childish display in the New York Times is an embarrassment."

Pot. Kettle. Embarrassing childish displays.

Juxtaposed next to that example of sensitivity, compassion, and fairness was this ad:

nra ad in national reviewHere are a couple of excerpts from Giffords' embarrassing childish display. The first example could be why the National Review went after her the way they did:

These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association...

Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious...

[T]hey looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing… [T]rust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest.

Yeah, wow, what a baby.

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Gabby Giffords: "Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious." + a New Rule

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Via the Amend 2012 Facebook page where they say this:

Cause: A campaign by the American people to remind those in charge who is REALLY in charge. It's time to overturn Citizens United!

guns v voting background checksMakes sense to me.

If you haven't read Gabby Giffords' New York times op-ed, please get over there, pronto:

I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association [...]

Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.

I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences. [...]

[T]hey looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing... [T]rust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest.

gabby giffords mark kelly background checks gunsPlease go here to read the entire post.

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VIDEO-- Gabby Giffords: "Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

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"Fight, fight, fight!"

"Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly held an event at the very Safeway parking lot where she was shot back in 2011.

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I'd love to know how many of those very vocal gun zealots would have half her courage if they were in her shoes, if they had been on the brink of death due to a bullet in the head from one of their fellow Glock-semi-automatic-with-a-33-round magazine-lovers. How many of them would still be pretending that their Second Amendment rights would be snatched from them due to common sense gun safety measures if they experienced anything close to this:

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Remember: There was a "good guy" with a gun that day in Arizona, and he nearly shot a good guy without a gun:

But before we embrace Zamudio's brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let's hear the whole story. "I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' "

But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out.

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PhotOH! Gabby Giffords used these handwritten notes for her testimony in Senate gun violence hearings

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Earlier today, Paddy posted Gabby Giffords statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on preventing gun violence. If you watched that without tearing up, then watch it again, this time with a box of tissues nearby.

And if that fails to choke you up, check out her handwritten notes for her testimony. They were posted at the Facebook page for Gabby Giffords' PAC, the Americans for Responsible Solutions:

 gabby giffords notes senate hearing gun violence

Those are the words of a real hero.

"Speaking is difficult but I need to say something."

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"We must do something. It will be hard." Understatement.

"Be courageous." Gabby Giffords speaks from experience.

"Thank you!" No, thank you.

H/t: BuzzFeed

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Gabrielle Giffords’ husband to shooter: Political class "afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws."

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The following excerpt must not be overlooked and deserves more attention than it's gotten so far. Gabby Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke on behalf of his wife at her shooter's sentencing. He said the following to his face.

The entire statement is at CNN. Please read the whole thing, because it is as powerful as it is heartfelt:

We are a people who can watch a young man like you spiral into murderous rampage without choosing to intervene before it is too late.

We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence,
 not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora we have done nothing.

In this state we have elected officials so feckless in their leadership that they would say, as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer, “I don't think it has anything to do with the size of the magazine or the caliber of the gun.” She went on and said, “Even if the shooter's weapon had held fewer bullets, he'd have another gun, maybe. He could have three guns in his pocket” – she said this just one week after a high capacity magazine allowed you to kill six and wound 19 others, before being wrestled to the ground while attempting to reload. Or a state legislature that thought it appropriate to busy itself naming an official Arizona state gun just weeks after this tragedy occurred, instead of doing the work it was elected to do: encourage economic growth, help our returning veterans and fix our education system.

Like many of you, I've been heartsick over the lack of interest and political will to do something about the lax gun laws and easy access to firearms in this country. What in the hell does it take? This isn't enough for them?

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Video- Gabrielle Giffords Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

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Woweee. Via CSpan.

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Gabrielle Giffords to deliver Pledge of Allegiance at Convention

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Roll Call:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will make a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, Roll Call has confirmed.

She will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance, according to a source close to the former Congresswoman, kicking off the night that will culminate in President Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for president.

Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous.

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