Gabby Giffords Got Her Guns

Photograph by Dan Joling/AP Photo

Former astronaut Mark Kelly fires a hunting rifle at a shooting range on July 2, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska, as Anders Gustafson spots bullet placement on the target. Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are in Alaska as part of a seven-state “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” urging members of Congress to expand background checks on gun sales.

Does Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a gunman’s attack at her public appearance in Tucson, really have to open fire at a firing range to get peoples’ attention on gun control?

Tw0-and-a-half years after she was shot in the head, Giffords stepped on to a firing range, at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, to prove her aim — which is serious gun control — during the first stop of a seven-state tour pressing for expanded background checks for gun-buyers.

She was joined by her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who steadied her braced arm and hand after shooting, in opening fire at targets.

They are working their way through states where lawmakers have stood in the way of the background checks that failed in the Senate earlier this year — Nevada, Alaska, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Maine and New Hampshire. Their goal, as ABC News reports, “is to apply pressure to Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., all of whom voted against the legislation.”

By displaying their shooting skills.

It’s an attempt to prove that they are not threatening anyone’s Second Amendment rights.

Yet it’s as if they were campaigning, with beers in their hands, on their support for the 18th Amendment, which instituted Prohibition — or campaigning, dry, for the 21st Amendment that repealed it.

It’s as if Mothers Against Drunk Driving had to drink their way across the country to enact tougher laws against drinking at the wheel.

Except those laws were enacted.

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