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When Mark Kelly was shilling for the gun grab crowd, he was just background noise. After all, considering that Kelly is both a Democrat and that his wife, Gabby Giffords, barely survived an insane gunman’s bullet, it was unexceptional that he should be out stumping against guns. Kelly shot himself into the limelight, though, when he decided to buy himself an AR-15 – precisely the type of gun he said should be taken off the market. Kelly claimed he was buying the gun to show how easy it is to get an AR-15, but that story didn’t wash. First, he’s a law-abiding citizen, so he should be able to get one; and second, he didn’t complete the background check, so it wasn’t that easy.
Having thrust himself into the center of the gun debate (on the stupid side of the debate), Kelly opened the door to the publication of photos showing Giffords holding an AR-15 rifle at a gun range. Worse, form the point of view of the gun-grabbing crowd, she’s holding it up in front of a target showing a young teen.
In a normal world, of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that photograph. As James T. Harris, who blogs at “101.4 FM The Truth,” wrote:
What is wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing, and prior to the aggressive progressive opportunistic fear mongering in the wake of Sandy Hook, this picture would have raised no eyebrows and garnered little public attention.
Breitbart.com has confirmed with anonymous sources that Giffords purposefully posed for that photograph to help her 2010 campaign. Breitbart’s source explained what her goal was:
We were told she wanted to toughen her image. She asked to come out and she wanted to shoot a rifle. She had one of our guys out there to show her how to shoot an AR-15.
Breitbart.com also learned that many people in Arizona’s law enforcement community resent Giffords’ bait-and-switch. Giffords wanted to campaign as a tough gal. She and her husband have since done a U-turn – except that, typically for liberals, Kelly made it clear that he doesn’t think the laws he’s demanding be enacted should apply to him. Said Breitbart’s anonymous source:
Giffords and Kelly came across with a different demeanor in 2010. To me, it seems like they’ve done a complete 180 because of what happened. And with the latest controversy–with Mark Kelly doing what he did with the AR-15 stunt–this photo needs to be put out.
Giffords herself, put out a statement on Facebook showing that she is trying to have it both ways – guns for her, no guns for you:
Here are two photos of me that a conservative blog has dug up. I remember both of these days fondly. The first is at the Tucson Police Department firing range. They invited me to test rifles and tasers that they bought with federal funds, which I helped secure. The second was in Afghanistan while I was visiting with our troops serving abroad. My work as Southern Arizona’s Congresswoman frequently put me in close contact with some of the world’s most powerful and deadly weapons – supporting police departments, advocating for the Border Patrol, standing up for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting my constituents’ and my own Second Amendment rights.
I grew up with guns, and I like owning them. So does my husband Mark. It’s an interest we’ve shared ever since we met. It’s part of my heritage as an Arizonan and it’s my right as an American. Being able to shoot a gun is something I haven’t been able to do since I was shot – because my right arm is paralyzed, and I’m less mobile than I was.
As I member of the House Armed Services Committee, I proudly spent a lot of time with our military, border patrol and state and local law enforcement. I guess the intention of those who have publicized these photos is to somehow call into question my belief that military style assault weapons should be more strongly regulated with background checks and other safeguards. I have never wavered in my support for those who serve our country. I fought to make sure they have the weapons and safety gear needed to carry out their mission, and proper health and mental care when their service ends.
Both sides of the gun violence debate usually miss the point. We don’t have to choose between owning, using, and enjoying guns, on one hand, and preventing gun violence, on the other. Both sides need to come together to support commonsense solutions to gun violence, like keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people like the young man who shot me. That’s why I’m fighting this fight. That’s why I’m working to bring people together to support gun rights and reduce gun violence. I hope you join me.
Translation: I get to use guns, my husband gets to use guns, I get to talk about supporting the military and law enforcement, and I get to make meaningless statements that essentially ask “Can we all get along?” Oh, I also get to use my and my husband’s high profile weaken or destroy your Second Amendment rights.