Exploiting tragedy (UPDATED WITH MORE BRAIN DROPPINGS)

Gabrielle Giffords testified at the Senate hearing on gun violence today. Sitting next to husband Mark Kelly, she encouraged legislators to act.

Be bold. Be courageous,” Giffords testified Wednesday in her first formal remarks on Capitol Hill since a shooting that nearly killed her two years ago. “Americans are counting on you.”

OK, I will be the first to say it. I may not be the first to think it, but I’ll be the one. I won’t walk on eggshells around the former Congresswoman. I refuse to bow to her victimhood. And I refuse to become a victim myself – to give up my fundamental rights – just to appease her irrational desires by virtue of exploitation of tragedy.

I’m tired of it.

I’ve said it before. People who exploit others’ tragedies are nothing but opportunistic swine not worth considering. Piers Morgan, Jerrold Nadler, Biden, Feinstein, and every last one of these scheming shitbags who use others’ misfortune to push their political agenda – they are barely human.

But whereas I felt sympathy and ached along with Giffords, her husband and every lost life and lost love of every shooting, I’m now beginning to feel nothing but disdain.

There. I said it.

We all know someone who has suffered needlessly. We all know victims of crime, violence, assault… I’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen death or pain, either themselves or in others. I know sexual assault. I know it personally. Carma Jackson, the Executive Director of Armed Females of America, suffered unimaginable tragedy when she lost her little boy to gun violence. Angel Shamaya – the founder of KeepandBearArms.com lost his only brother to suicide.

And yet, we are defending rights, not trying to destroy them. We are fighting to protect rights, not using the tragedy in our lives to deprive others of them.

So no, I’m not going to gently criticize Giffords and her husband, while quietly remembering that she is a victim – that she was shot – that she was hurt. I’m not going to treat her with kid gloves. I’m not treating anyone gently. I understand tragedy, and I understand pain.  I’ve lived through them. And I refuse to allow tragedy and pain to define me as a petty tyrant who would advocate destroying the fundamental rights of everyone around me just to make myself feel better about what happened.

Make no mistake – the laws that Giffords and those around her advocate will do nothing to stop mass slaughter. They will do nothing to prevent criminals from getting guns. They will do nothing to stop evil.

What they will do is transform a fundamental right into a nanny state-granted privilege.

What they will do is invalidate the principle of private property.

And I refuse to stand by and gently, kindly stroke little Gabby Giffords’ fears and ego, because she was a victim.

She and those around her are using unimaginable trauma and tragedy as weapons against the rest of us – tools against the law-abiding, peaceable citizens of this nation – and we’re not supposed to fight back because she was hurt?

That’s not going to happen.

I hurt for every victim. I know fear and agony. I feel it. I understand it.

But I refuse to be beaten over the head with it. I refuse to feel guilt, because I treasure my rights, while others use their pain to bludgeon me and relieve me of my rights.

So I’m done feeling sorry for Giffords. She’s exploiting her tragedy and using her pain to destroy the foundations of this country.

There is no excuse for that.

UPDATE: So I was driving to work this morning, and I heard on the radio how Gabby Giffords is being “exploited” by the anti gunners and by her own husband to promote a political cause. Her testimony was exploited. Her dramatic words were exploited, because they came out of a woman who has overcome tremendous odds after being shot by a lunatic. The politicians are exploiting her.

Sorry, but I don’t buy it.  Yes, she is the victim of a tragedy, but this didn’t make her stupid or naive. She didn’t come to Washington to promote an assault weapons ban that has no way of passing for a weapon that wasn’t even used in the shooting against her. She came out here to promote “universal” background checks, which is a de facto registration scheme for all gun owners in this country, and has no way of stopping actual shootings. She is injured, but she’s not dumb. She is allowing herself to be exploited by the gun ban crowd, because if you don’t walk on eggshells around Gabby Giffords and bow down to her injuries, you are a mean, heartless person who wants more dead children and injured female Congresscritters. If you don’t worship the victim, you’re obviously heartless. That’s why Gabby Giffords is out here, pleading dramatically for more regulations – not because she actually thinks the new regulations will do anything, but because she, her husband, her handlers and the politicians they support believe that using those injuries will make way for more control, which has been their mission all along, as fully acknowledged by Dianne Feinstein after the Sandy Hook massacre.

There was some conversation about re-introducing the ban around the time of the Aurora shooting, too. “There will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year,” Feinstein said. “We’ve tried to take my bill from ’94 to 2004 and perfect it. We believe we have.

16 responses

  1. Democrat gets shot by a Democrat with a pistol. Uses the fact that ban rifles.

    Are we sure she didn’t suffer brain damage?

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    1. No one has proven that Loughner was a Democrat.

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      1. He was apparently an alienated left-wing retard.

        “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” the former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday. “I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive.”

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  2. TO ban rifles.

    Why can’t I edit my comment?🙂

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  3. When you see how relatively few are killed by firearms compared to how many own firearms and the numbers of firearms, you have to realize a fraction of a percent are committing the crimes, not the vast majority of gun owners. But that is ALWAYS buried in the emotions Liberals/anti-gunners try to stir up. It is the wackos and criminals that need to be persecuted, prosecuted, and jailed, not the law abiding gun owners who are responsibly exercising their God given rights recognized by the Constitution.

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  4. My dad was murdered by a knife, Are we banning these too?

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  5. I share the same disdain. It’s also important to remember that Ms. Giffords had the opportunity to have State Police present at her event and chose not to. She had the opportunity to protect herself and those around her that day and chose not to. In my mind, she shares responsibility.

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  6. I don’t believe that America has ever witnessed such an all out media push as they have with this issue. If nothing else, it has become crystal clear who actually controls the supposedly ‘neutral’ media, which is on a total push through psychological manipulation and proven misinformation to sway the opinions of the average uniformed citizen who won’t take the time to research the issue themselves.

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    1. It’s opportunity reporting. There has been a massacre – a pretty shocking one – and they’re on it like Oprah on a baked ham.

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  7. First – your awesome cause there are very few people who state the obvious so matter of fact. When I do it they call me an as$hole.

    I just watched the clip of her speaking and the whole time I was thinking to myself “why cant I see the puppet strings”. Its quite upsetting that in the face of all of these “mass murders” that it takes the death of children, for these anti gunners to have a tragedy to push their agendas through on. Its almost upsetting to think that they have been wanting something like this to get their way with my guns. The last 3 shootings seemed to be slight escalations to gauge how the US responds. First College kids, then a theater full of people to include servicemen and then that wasnt enough, lets see about little kids.
    Im tired of the sensationalism demonstrated by all in this situation. This is very simple, NO ONE WILL INFRINGE on my 2nd amendment rights. Its that simple, you may pass laws but all that will say is that I am a criminal according to your paperwork. Oh well. Ill be one well armed paperwork based criminal.

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    1. Thanks! I’m just sick and tired of being painted as a villain by people who expect me to worship at the altar of victimhood. Not. Going. To. Happen.

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  8. Once again I agree wholeheartedly with you, Nicki. It burns me up that every single day now we are reading headlines about something bad happening with a gun. We never hear about something bad happening with a bludgeon, a car, a drunk driver, a knife, or just plain carelessness that caused some kind of tragis accident not with a gun. The media wants to hammer the public with the message that guns are bad. And they will keep hammering at it until they get their way with a cowed congress. Cowing We The People who believe that our rights trump their bully pulpit will tale a lot of effort. They don’t inform, they shape opinion. How do we level the playing field?

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  9. Giffords & Kelly: Bradys, Act II.

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  10. […] Special Forces group penned a public letter opposing the kind of gun control gun grabbers have been using Gabrielle Giffords to […]

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  11. When Giffords stepped into the spotlight on this issue last week, I called it. I said the left would use her just like they did Cindy Sheehan. We all remember Cindy “Mother” Sheehan, right? She had “absolute moral authority” because she’d lost her son, and if you argued against her viewpoint, you were a monster, a horrible human being. Same deal here. If you criticize Giffords’s viewpoint, you’re attacked as a heartless monster, and you go from defending your viewpoint to defending yourself.

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Giffords was selected specifically because she presents the left with the opportunity to shut down the debate entirely. Suddenly anyone protesting these feel-good gun control measures is a heartless monster, and the debate turns into an ad hominem hatefest.

    The left knows exactly what it’s doing here. Kudos to you, Nicki, for not only spotting the trap, but fearlessly stepping into it and speaking your mind. That’s the courage of one’s convictions right there.

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