Gabby Giffords “Furious” Over Senate Gun Votes Yesterday and Our Response
Like several other top ranking Democrats, Gabby Giffords is mad that the Democrats failed in their bid yesterday to further infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
Giffords took to an editorial column in the NY Times to vent her frustration.
I understand Giffords is a victim of gun violence herself and as such I am sure she feels quite strongly on the issue.
However, that same passion might make her incapable of taking a logical and unbiased stance on the issue.
Here is an excerpt from her editorial:
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.
As I said in our video editorial yesterday, I don’t mean to sound cold and callous, but we simply do not pass laws, which effect every person in this country, in order to give closure to people.
Children should absolutely be able to feel secure in their schools, but we don’t get that security by passing a feel good measure that would have done absolutely nothing to stop any recent mass shooting. In the case of Newtown, Adam Lanza’s mother legally bought her guns from a federally licensed firearms dealer after passing a background check. It was only after she was murdered and her guns stolen from her home that they were used in a crime.
Imposing stricter background checks on law abiding citizens will do absolutely nothing to prevent a situation such as that.
I think we can all agree we want our children to be safe, but forcing feel good legislation, that will only affect law abiding citizens, through Congress is not the answer.