Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gabby Giffords on Gun Vote: I'm Furious


If you thought President Obama was disgusted with the 46 senators who filibustered moderate gun reform, then wait till you read what Gabby Giffords had to say about these cowards:

In an op-ed in the New York Times, the former Arizona representative wrote:
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. 
On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.

Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.

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.
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2 comments:

dishy said...

That makes me sick. This country is SO FUCKED UP it's depressing.

Dan Aronson said...

So you say you're furious Gabby? Bull. What you are is disingenuous and opportunistic. Your voting record on gun legislation in Congress tells quite a different story than the faux-angry women sucking up to the American people. You took four (4) votes in congress on guns. One you didn't bother showing up for (is that really OK, ever?). And you voted pro-gun on the other three -- including the repeal of a semiautomatic weapons ban in D.C. (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/28507/gabrielle-giffords/37/guns#.UXBom7WG0sp).

But now that 90% of America has come down on the other side of the argument, you use your personal tragedy as an excuse to flip-flop. Then to make matters worse, you allow yourself to be paraded before the media by the anti-gun faction whose sole intent is to try and guilt a nation by putting a victim’s face on their loss. Shame on you Ms. Giffords. Why do you think that the American public is either na├»ve enough or gullible enough to believe you're the one leopard in Washington that has actually changed its spots? Once a politician, always a politician.

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