Giffords to Attend 1st Gun Show Since Shooting
To promote background checks
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2013 3:27 PM CDT
Capt. Mark Kelly speaks next to his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – A gun show may seem like the last thing a shooting victim would want to attend, but Gabrielle Giffords won't be at the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair tomorrow to promote firearms—the former Arizona congresswoman is going to promote stricter gun control laws. New York's gun shows are now adhering to strict state laws passed earlier this year which, amongst other things, bans military-style weapons, limits ammo rounds, taxes bullets, and makes all buyers undergo a background check, the AP reports.

"The state's model helps keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them—like criminals and the dangerously mentally ill—without infringing on our Second Amendment rights," says Gifford's husband, a former combat pilot and astronaut, who is helping with her campaign to promote background checks nation-wide. The promoter of the Saratoga Springs show says she was happy to comply with the new rules. "Certain states will fight background checks tooth and nail, but in New York State we don’t have a problem with it," she says, per the NY Daily News.

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Oct 14, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
You people haven't a clue !! This is how it works: The Dems will spend us into prosperity. Once we are all millionaires we no longer have to worry to pay it back because we owe it to ourselves! GET IT NOW ?? Whoooopppeee ! Hand me the tequila, Vato.
Oct 14, 2013 4:47 AM CDT
The real issue here is not about guns are gun control. Its about something very subtle and why the discussion gets emotional and even crazy with fanaticism on the gun control side. The use of a gun is always a moral issue. Whether it be for hunting or self-defense -- a moral decision has to be made. That is -- Do I have the right to take this person/animal's life? Some people don't think anybody but the Government has the right to make those moral decisions. Gun Control people believe YOU do not have the right to make your own moral decisions. That bleeds over into abortion issues, race relations, education, gay marriage, and just about everything else. The Government decides whats right and wrong. The Governmnet decides for you what's moral for you.
Oct 13, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
Gabrielle Giffords and others that agree with her viewpoint just don't get it. If another gun control law would make society better, then why haven't the previous 20,000 gun control laws worked. Do these people really believe that criminals are going to care what print on paper says. If true, then we would already be living in a utopia without "any" problems.