“Congresswoman Gabby Giffords never resorted to the kind of squalid campaigning this ad represents,” azcentral.com protests. “She won her fights with energy, ideas and a disarming good nature. She didn’t do nasty. So concerned was she about the breakdown of civility in politics that only a week before her own shooting, she was at a New Year’s Renaissance Weekend retreat expressing her desire to improve it.” Of course, Giffords suffered severe brain injury from the shooting; it’s unlikely that she approved of, or maybe even knows about this ad. azcentral finally goes 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.” For the record, here’s azcentral.com‘s fact check on ARS’ character assassination . . .
“It’s the law,” she said. “I mean, the law is clearly based on the Second Amendment that we all have the right to keep and bear arms. And I have the right as a private citizen to sell my possession to anyone I want to. It’s my lawful right. So, just like I can sell my car, I can sell my gun. And so, that’s the law, and that’s not a loophole. It’s freedom. And absolutely, it needs to stay that way, because any restrictions on that, at gun shows or other places, is just absolutely unconstitutional.”
Her campaign, when asked to comment on the new ads, provided a statement emphasizing the need to support existing laws.
“While we may have legitimate differences of opinion about how to best reduce violence and keep Arizonans safe, we all can agree that we need to do more to prevent tragedies in our communities,” McSally spokesman Patrick Ptak said. “Martha believes we need to enforce those laws already on the books and place a greater emphasis on the cause of gun violence by addressing our broken mental health care system and enhancing our ability to recognize and treat signs of mental illness.”
Are there any depths to which the gun control lobby will not sink in their campaign for deprive Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Responsibility? That’s not their policy.