Gabrielle Giffords is beginning to scare the shit out of gun nuts with her ads about responsible gun control. Her Super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions is beginning to run attack ads against those running for office who oppose even something as simple and necessary as universal background checks. This has the gun nuts in a panic. Why? Because she has finally dropped the polite way she tried to convince both Republicans and Democrats to pass universal background checks without success.
Therefore, her PAC seems to think that the best way to fight for their cause is to let people know who is against changing the gun laws. Both Giffords and her husband are gun owners. They do not want the government to take away the guns from any law-abiding citizens. They are looking for ways to keep them out of the hands of those who are not law-abiding citizens.
Recently, in Arizona, they ran an ad against the Republican, Martha McSally, running for Gabby’s old seat. One features a wrenching testimonial from a woman named Vicki who weeps and stumbles over her words as she recounts how her 19-year-old daughter was hunted down and murdered by an enraged ex-boyfriend.
“He had threatened her before. I knew. I just knew,” Vicki says. A narrator then declares that McSally “opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun.”
Almost immediately the right-wing and gun nuts began howling their disapproval. Can you imagine that someone might actually use the same political campaign tactics that groups like Americans for Prosperity or Citizens United regularly use would actually be used against one of their favorites? How horrible!
These are the same people who talk regularly about the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. They are also the same people who say that “bad guys” should not own guns. Yet, they are the same people who vote against any changes to the law including universal background checks that just might keep “bad guys” from owning a gun.
Somehow in their warped brain, keeping a stalker from owning a gun and shooting and killing another person is an infringement against law-abiding citizens right to own guns. I have heard that argument all of my life, and it still makes no sense to anyone who has a functioning brain. The opponents of the ad are even calling out the PAC for “smearing” Gabby’s good name. Like Giffords had nothing to do with the ad.
The editorial board of the Arizona Republic is disgusted with the Vicki ad. “It is base and vile. It exploits a family’s tragedy to score cheap political points. And when the ad makes news because it goes too far, Gabrielle Giffords makes news with it. Because it’s her group.” But just to make sure everyone knows that the Arizona Republic is only blaming the group, the writers add:
So we ask again, Americans for Responsible Solutions, do you know what you’re doing?
Do the people who control your messaging know they are marring the legacy of a congresswoman known for her decency and good judgment, who practiced civility in office with such consistency she did not just reach across the aisle but found cherished friends there? [...]
Perhaps the Tucson shooting changed Gabby Giffords. Perhaps she is the one who controls the message. But we doubt it.
That’s not who she is.
See? They don’t want people to think that they are saying anything bad about Giffords. Obviously she would never do any such thing as use a type of “in-your-face” ad. She is too nice for that. Obviously, it is the group who are behind this and the Arizona Republic believes they are doing it behind Giffords back.
Besides, has the Arizona Republic now taken the stance that only they know who Giffords is? Are they the ones who are supposed to write her legacy? Giffords tried using “civility” to make changes to gun laws. She was blocked by the very people she is now targeting in her ads. Why wouldn’t she switch gears? She was brutally shot in the head by a wacko with a gun. Since then, she has witnessed mass shootings at a movie theater and a school. She apparently has had enough.
The gun nuts and right-wing media have been real quick to make heroes out of crack-pots like Cliven Bundy and the crazy militia people who showed up willing to shoot Federal Law Enforcement officials over illegal grazing by Bundy’s cows. Yet when someone has the audacity to show an ad that shows the trauma these mass shooting cause, they are the first to cry “foul.”
I think we need to see more of these ads at the national level. We need to see just how devastating these shootings are to the families of the victims. The case that the Vicki ad talks about is something that happens way too often.
I believe that Gabrielle Giffords and her PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions is just what we need during this election. I have believed for a long time that something needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of the so-called “bad guys.” Every time someone like Giffords has tried, too many politicians have blocked their efforts. Would it be too far of a stretch to call these politicians abettors to these awful crimes since they won’t do anything to help prevent them? We will never have a chance to get responsible solutions until the abettors of the gun nuts are voted out of office.
Keep up the good work Gabby!