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Gabby Giffords Shot a Gun for Gun Control
New York Magazine ^ | Joe Coscarelli | 7/2/2013

Posted on 07/02/2013 12:48:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

As part of her seven-state "Rights and Responsibilities" tour, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared at a gun range in Las Vegas and fired a weapon for the first time since she was shot in the head more than two years ago. The image is poignant, and even slightly unsettling, but serves a larger purpose: Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, firearm owners before and after she became a victim of gun violence herself, are out to prove that common-sense gun control and the Second Amendment can co-exist. As a spokeswoman for this concept, Giffords should be all but unassailable.

"Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting. But I'm a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage," she writes in a USA Today op-ed explaining the tour and encouraging the expansion of background checks. "But when children are gunned down in their classrooms, when families are slaughtered at a movie theater, when a little girl dreaming of running for office is shot dead standing next to me in a grocery store parking lot, we have to admit what we're doing is not enough. We've all got to do more to reduce gun violence."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 07/02/2013 12:48:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Well that explains a lot.


2 posted on 07/02/2013 12:48:57 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: nickcarraway
Sure looks to be having fun.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway

New York magazine, read my gun.


4 posted on 07/02/2013 12:49:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: nickcarraway
OK,sweetiepie...repeal the Second Amendment.It's been done,it ain't easy but certainly “do-able”.
5 posted on 07/02/2013 12:50:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: nickcarraway

Giffords lies just like Obama, with ease and purpose.


6 posted on 07/02/2013 12:51:01 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: Puppage

Hang on...does that magazine hold more than 10 rounds?


7 posted on 07/02/2013 12:51:41 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mark Kelly is a lying, fascist, hypocrite


8 posted on 07/02/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: All

she realizes that under the “enhanced background checks” she would probably be disqualified from owning a gun because of her diminished mental and physical condition.


9 posted on 07/02/2013 12:51:59 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: nickcarraway

Camel’s nose “gun control” and the Second Amendment CANNOT coexist. That’s a Nazi myth.


10 posted on 07/02/2013 12:52:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Former member of the GOP useful idiot voter base.)
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To: nickcarraway; All

Hypocrisy knows no limits...

And there is NO such thing as “common-sense gun-control” laws...

They cannot co-exist...It will always be in conflict with one another...


11 posted on 07/02/2013 12:52:24 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: nickcarraway
Explain to me how making it harder for law abiding people to defend themselves will reduce crime.

12 posted on 07/02/2013 12:55:16 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: nickcarraway

If they did a background check on Ms. gifford, they might find that she has had a recent brain injury that has significantly affected her mental capacities and potentially influenced her sense of reason and judgement. I suspect she would not be allowed to own or handle guns should her cause be rewarded with passage of the bill she is promoting.

She may well have already committed a future crime in the firing of this weapon.


13 posted on 07/02/2013 12:56:08 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Hang on...does that magazine hold more than 10 rounds?

Only a freedom restricted New Englander would catch that...well done!

14 posted on 07/02/2013 12:56:15 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SkyDancer
This is one of the comments under the article: Only in America can someone be shot in the head and then proclaim that they love guns.

By that logic, they think we should hate all Muslims.

15 posted on 07/02/2013 12:57:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Puppage
Lean into it, woman. Get your center of mass over your toes, not over your heels. A strong recoil will plant you on your butt.
16 posted on 07/02/2013 12:58:33 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: nickcarraway

Isn’t that kinda like fornicating for abstinence?


17 posted on 07/02/2013 12:59:12 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Puppage
Only a freedom restricted New Englander would catch that...well done!

I'm not just *any* New Englander,I'm from the Gay State.(Check my profile for an explanation of the term).

18 posted on 07/02/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: nickcarraway
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, firearm owners before and after she became a victim of gun violence herself,

So what are you protesting for? Or do you even know?

19 posted on 07/02/2013 1:01:17 PM PDT by McGruff (I need a new party.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Might get make up all over the stock.

(Funny story, Mrs. Jewbacca got completely chewed out by her DI for wearing makeup and getting it on her rifle. Can relate the dressing-down in detail to this day.)


20 posted on 07/02/2013 1:02:20 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Puppage
Goodness, there's some crappy technique ... leaning back, no cheek-weld, eyes way above the sights ...

I don't blame her ... she doesn't know any better.

Whoever is trying to teach her should be kicked in the butt ... and replaced by someone competent.

21 posted on 07/02/2013 1:02:35 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I heard ya loud & clear....Ct sucks, too. :-)


22 posted on 07/02/2013 1:02:55 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage
I heard ya loud & clear....Ct sucks, too. :-)

Could be worse.At least you've got Greenwich and New Canaan.But then you have Bridgeport too. :-(

23 posted on 07/02/2013 1:06:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
But then you have Bridgeport too

You just HAD to go there, huh? I thought we were FRiends?

24 posted on 07/02/2013 1:08:37 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway

(from the article):” ..we have to admit what we’re doing is not enough. We’ve all got to do more to reduce gun violence.”

Yeah , how about starting to enforce the laws that already exist
How about aiming the laws against lawless criminals that are already on the books , instead of inventing new ones.
Start in Chicago , L.A. , Philly , N.Y. City , Boston , etc.
Don’t make lawful people into criminals as they have done elsewhere by creating unConstitutional laws .

Tactics used so far should be made illegal : such as late in the night legislation , back room politics,
passing bills without review , discussion , or debate , or without rebuttal, disallowing citizen feedback ,
or not passing emotional ‘knee jerk’ reactionary legislation that we have seen in the past.


25 posted on 07/02/2013 1:10:58 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Puppage
You just HAD to go there, huh? I thought we were FRiends?

Don't feel bad.The Gay State has a half dozen Bridgeports,all of which go 300% for the Rats every election day (each voter votes 3 times).I drive through Bridgeport regularly on the way to NYC...but I've never set foot in the city itself (if ya catch my drift).

26 posted on 07/02/2013 1:12:40 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

So true. I learned my lesson when in WWII I was in infantry training. One day we had a session where we were supposed to hit a tank at 50 yds or so using a rifle grenade off an M-1. I took my shot from the shoulder and landed on my rump with my helmet over my chin. Other guys were laughing while I sat there looking dumbfounded. Should have done what other guys did by firing with the rifles butt stock wedged into the ground. As I recall I was digging my heels in.


27 posted on 07/02/2013 1:13:02 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Gay State Conservative
but I've never set foot in the city itself

That's probably a good thing.

28 posted on 07/02/2013 1:15:37 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway
"...are out to prove that common-sense gun control and the Second Amendment can co-exist."

We already have "common sense" gun control...kids and crazy people aren't supposed to have them (of course, they still get them, which goes to show how effective gun control laws are). Let's focus on crime control for a change, why don't we? It's a crime culture problem, not a gun culture problem.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 07/02/2013 1:20:56 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: nickcarraway

Last night on the evening news, I saw Giffords shooting a handgun at this photo op in Vegas.

She had some kind of a fabric brace that covered her shoulders, and right arm.

After she fired the handgun, she was unable to “ungrip” her hand from the firearm, and trigger. She kind of swung the gun side to side. Her husband quickly “disarmed” her.

Her actions looked somewhat dangerous to me, and she did not speak during what was shown on the news. Not to sound cruel, but I think a trained chimp could’ve handled the firearm in a safer manner.

Giffords appeared unable to even lay the gun down, and let go of it on the table at the range after she discharged it.


30 posted on 07/02/2013 1:27:30 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh yeah....we can trust a government that has been caught listening to our phone calls and rifling through our credit card bills. What could go wrong with giving them just a little bit of gun control?

Are she and her husband really that stupid, or are they doing it for the money?


31 posted on 07/02/2013 1:37:27 PM PDT by txrefugee
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She has no clue how to shoot. Cheek needs to be on the stock, eyes aligned on the sights and keep your eyes on the front sight. That is a spray and pray shooter.


32 posted on 07/02/2013 1:51:04 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: nickcarraway

The gun grabbers will always claim that we’re not doing enough to keep guns out of the hands of the “wrong people”

Gun control will only be fully achieved when they are the only ones to decide who the “right people” are.

Of course, criminals will still have guns.


33 posted on 07/02/2013 2:07:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: txrefugee
More gun registration.
that should keep track of all the guns the Govt. loses and trades to criminals.
Yes, go where the problem isn't and distract from the lack of ability to control their own weapons.
34 posted on 07/02/2013 2:08:22 PM PDT by tbird-james
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To: nickcarraway

“As a spokeswoman for this concept, Giffords should be all but unassailable.”

BS. She is the new James Brady- an epileptic corpse that is trotted out every time the commies want to push gun control. The only difference she can be led to where they want her to appear instead of having to be pushed.


35 posted on 07/02/2013 3:03:23 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: nickcarraway

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,”

That sure is a long way from “common sense gun control.”

Kinda like opposite ends of a spectrum.


36 posted on 07/02/2013 3:38:11 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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