Giffords to Congress: Background Checks. Now.
Misinformation is stalling a no-brainer that everyone wants
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
In this Jan. 30, 2012 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords is aided by husband Mark Kelly as she speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – "I think about patience every day," says Gabrielle Giffords, as she rehabilitates from being shot in the head two years ago. But as she looks at the gun control dance playing out on Capitol Hill, she finds herself running short of that particular virtue. "What are they waiting for?" she asks in an op-ed for the New York Daily News. Universal background checks are a no-brainer, with overwhelming support from 90% of the public, 74% of NRA members, and 72% of hunters. "I can’t remember a time when this many Americans spoke with such a united voice in favor of anything," she writes.

It's time to end the double standard, Giffords says, of making law-abiding citizens undergo a background check while ill-intentioned people "like the young man who shot me" skirt the system by buying guns on the Internet or at gun shows. And the NRA is entirely too willing to "throw up their hands and say we should do nothing, because we know that no one thing will solve this problem overnight." Malarkey, says Giffords: "If I had thought about that, I would still be sitting in a hospital bed." Instead, she learned to walk again. "The will of the American people is clear, but our patience is wearing thin. Congress must not fail us." Click for Giffords' full column, or for her Americans for Responsible Solutions website.

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Apr 9, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
I cringe every time they parade this poor brain damaged Gabrielle Giffords around - Making her some sort of spokesperson to limit my constitutional rights is like shoving the microphone in the face of some Down Syndrome kid and asking him how he feels about North Korea. She got shot in the head ! She has brain damage! Of course it's sad, but Osama Bin Laden got shot in the head too. How valuable is HIS opinion? Suppose someone loses half his brain in a car wreck Do you want that person to now be your driving instructor? As a brain damaged person her opinion is worth LESS than mine. Don't let brain damaged people change MY constitutional RIGHTS.
Apr 8, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
all for background checks ! lets start with background checks for anyone running for public office ! dont pass the check , you cant run ! I think we`d lose a lot of our law makers !
Apr 8, 2013 4:46 AM CDT
Gun nuts lose their minds when you tell them their right to own a gun should be limited by background checks for every gun sale. They get mean and ugly, losing all sense of civility.