In an Op-ed appearing in USA Today, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband Mike Kelly, call gun owners and constitutional adherents an ideological fringe. The emphasis on a national conversation should be directed at mental health, our drug society and possibly violence in Hollywood as not one of these mass murderers where members of the Gun Lobby. Giffords and others might want to consider banning blunt objects (like hammers) as they are used to kill more people than the proposed rifles to be banned.
But that would be more complicated. It’s just easy to demonize guns and law abiding gun owners.
From USA Today:
Our new campaign will launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby.
In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary — nothing at all.
I was shot in the head while meeting with constituents two years ago today. Since then, my extensive rehabilitation has brought excitement and gratitude to our family. But time and time again, our joy has been diminished by new, all too familiar images of death on television: the breaking news alert, stunned witnesses blinking away tears over unspeakable carnage, another community in mourning. America has seen an astounding 11 mass shootings since a madman used a semiautomatic pistol with an extended ammunition clip to shoot me and kill six others. Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans annually.
This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer. But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons.
An ideological fringe
Read the Rest at Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence.