Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, husband Mark Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

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  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Mothers outnumber gun owners. Do not underestimate the power of women, particularly mothers.
    This group of Americans and a multitude of others in this country and our world are concerned enough to organize against the craziness of NRA gun mania. Common sense legislation is necessary. Gun lobbies, no criminal checks at gun shows, weapons used by soldiers and swat teams in homes, do not. Guns in the hands of the disturbed of our society must also be addressed.
    Paranoia has taken over in the minds of vocal ultra conservatives, as we saw on CNN Piers Morgan television program a few days ago. No better explanation needed after viewing the mental frame of mind his guest lives in. America's founding fathers did not plan on this type of individual representing the second amendment and our country.
    Remember America, best not to underestimate the power of common sense. Common sense tells you you can keep your gun to protect your family and hunt for your food.
    A large number of you were just positive another would win the Presidential election.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 9, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

    It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to
    surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own
    government, a program costing Australia taxpayers
    more than $500 million dollars.

    The first year results are now in:
    Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
    Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
    Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

    In the state of Victoria
    lone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.(Note that
    while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not
    and criminals still possess their guns!)
    While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady
    decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically
    upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed
    that their prey is unarmed.
    There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and
    assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 7:03 a.m.

    "Wise policy has ..." the implication there is that government action has accomplished all of the wonderful things listed afterwards. Government indeed played a role: providing stable conditions and staying out of the way.
    Bureaucracies are slow and inefficient, simply the nature of the beast, implying government is the solution to everything is rediculous. The solution to some things yes, but to many things no, a great many things now handled by government would be better handled another way.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    Jan. 8, 2013 7:42 p.m.


    I am multi-lingual, in the last 20 years I have lived in 5 different countries, I have a degree from a private university, I am well versed in history, I am well versed in law, I support gun rights--and I am *not* ignorant.

    Your gross overgeneralization and insult makes me believe otherwise about you.

    I admire Rep. Giffords for taking a stance and bringing the discussion public...but I hope the law abiding gun owners who wish to retain their right to bear arms prevail in this case.

  • Speak2Truth Santa Rosa, CA
    Jan. 8, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Gabrielle Giffords was injured that day - but Judge John Rolle was killed by the same gunman. Both of them had stood in opposition to Barack Obama's efforts to keep our borders open to invading, well-armed foreigners. Loughton, a former student of the Obama-Ayers "Small Schools Program", shot them both.

    Let's not forget, Ayers, who provided the curriculum for special students like Loughton, is a communist terrorist whose organization went as far as setting off bombs and killing people in their quest to "fundamentally transform" the United States. They're not going to let a Judge or a Representative get in their way.

    It seems Giffords has been taken back into the fold and is once again obeying the Party's bidding. She was given a warning, though it was probably intended to kill her. It's the Chicago Way.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    FT. As the story goes, the man who first physically subdued her attacker was a conceal carry person and was probably armed. He was not a coward and did not use his firearem in suduing the assasin.
    The reason it is a difficult task taking on Citizens who own and sometimes carry is that our Csonstitution allows that to happen as one of our freedoms. It is called the second amendment. Our justice system is broken and fails to prosecute offenders on a timely basis to the full extent of the law. . Our liberal society is much to blame for the breakdown of law emforcement when firearms are involved by law breakers, not law abiding gun advocates.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Ms. Giffords' basic assertion that "Congress has done NOTHING to fix this" reflects the absurdity of most of those demanding more gun control schemes so they can sit back and claim they "fixed" something.

    Unfortunately, studies by Center for Disease Control (seeking validation to support more gun control laws) was shocked to find that the evidence is clear. None of the gun control schemes tried really have any effect on violent crime. Those darn criminals just refuse to obey gun laws, just like they ignore laws against murder, robbery, carrying concealed without a license, possession by a felon, taking guns into schools, stealing guns, etc.

    Rather than fixate on "evil guns" the politicians need to have the courage to focus on "evil PEOPLE" and mental health treatment. Most of the mass killers have been involved with psychotropic medications, or obviously seriously mentally disturbed. But they were allowed to roam free, and ultimately kill others.

    A few of the politicians are not concerned with stopping criminals, but rather disarming the public which may eventually decide that tyranny and oppression can no longer be tolerated, just as in 1775.

    Giffords is an unfortunate victim. and has become a tool for others.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Best of Luck but taking on cowards and ignorant gun rights advocates is a difficult task.