Originally Published: March 26, 2017 6 a.m.
The March 17 “Giffords” article is a good example of politicians selling unpopular ideas by appealing to sympathetic figures rather than what is right. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is the sympathetic figure in this case. And gun control is the cause. Never mind what’s right, we must pity her and do what she wants.
To accomplish this, Ms. Gifford’s husband, Mark Kelly, lists techniques he will use to twist Arizona’s arm.
Though lying is not on that list, he claims 82
percent of Arizonans support gun control. A 2013 poll done by the independent Behavior Research Center showed only 42 percent of Arizonans supported gun control. In 2011, a poll commissioned by Mayors against Illegal Guns, a pro-gun control group, showed 49 percent of Arizonians favored gun control. And, in 2015, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Giffords’ own organization, found 73 percent of all Americans favored some form of gun control. Kelly cites a higher number for Arizona but contradicts that number by admitting we are much less likely to support such a ban.
So, what’s the truth here? Giffords and Kelly are just typical leftists willing to coerce in order to impose their views on others. As has been shown ad infinitum, cities and states with highly restrictive gun laws, Washington, D.C. and Chicago for instance, have much higher gun crime rates. But, if gun control advocates relied on facts rather than emotion, their issue wouldn’t get off the starting blocks.