Democrat Mark Kelly is literally being targeted by the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump. Kelly is husband to former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly lost her life when she was shot by a madman in the head in an assassination attempt as she was beginning a 2011 constituents’ meet and greet outside a local supermarket. Six people died in that massacre, and another dozen were wounded.
Kelly, a famous former NASA astronaut and former U.S. Navy captain, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Martha McSally, who beat Ward in the primaries. The seat previously was held by Republican Senator John McCain, who died on August 25, 2018.
“Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” Ward wrote in a fundraising email according to Bloomberg News, HuffPost, and The Hill.
Kelly and Giffords together started Giffords, a non-profit focused on reducing gun violence.
Refusing to apologize, Ward actually took to Twitter to double-down:
Utterly ridiculous! I don’t wish harm on Mr. Kelly. We disagree politically on the Constitution and the #2a, and I’m well aware of the harm his policies would cause should he ever be elected. Dishonest stories like this are dangerous and irresponsible! https://t.co/8wfU8QQtSO
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) September 6, 2019
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NRA Snuffs Out Background Checks Bill as a ‘Non-Starter’ – and Falsely Claims Its ‘5 Million’ Members Agree
On the same day a group dedicated to protecting children from gun violence released a difficult-to-watch viral video, the top gun lobby group issued a statement insisting universal background checks legislation is a “non-starter.” The NRA also falsely claimed its “5 million members” oppose background checks too.
“This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals,” Jason Ouimet, the executive director of the NRA’s activist arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, said, according to Politico.
The “missive” is a draft of a gun background check proposal the White House has begun circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
While House Democrats have sent several gun control and background check bills to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has totally deferred to President Trump, as if he were the Senate Majority Leader. In fact, McConnell says he will not even consider any legislation until President Trump gives it his blessing.
Despite that President Trump more than a month ago promised America he would sign a background check bill, as usual he caved when the NRA came calling. He then started claiming – falsely – that mental health, not easy access to guns, is the real problem.
The NRA has the exact same position, as they noted today.
Meanwhile, polls show that “83 percent of gun owners support expanded background checks on sales of all firearms, including 72 percent of all NRA members.”
Tomi Lahren Warns Americans Will ‘Be Armed and Ready’ in Case They Need to Shoot Immigrants: ‘Who Knows Who’s Coming In?’
The day after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told Americans, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” Tomi Lahren warned Americans will be armed to protect themselves from immigrants. The Fox Nation host suggested Americans may have to shoot immigrants to “protect” themselves, as Media Matters reports.
Lahren made her remarks on sister network Fox Business, in an insane segment that included host Stuart Varney’s false claim that America is “the only country in the world where armed citizens are allowed.” 175 countries around the world allow their citizens to be armed, and three explicitly do so in their constitutions.
After telling viewers that “you can’t depend on the government to protect you at all times,” Lahren insisted the “government is going to fail you.”
Having a firearm “is your right, your right to protect and defend yourself and your family,” she added.
“And all the things the Democrats want to put in place — my goodness, if they want to open our borders, you better be sure the people in Texas, the people in South Dakota, the people in the middle of this country, we are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in? That’s the thing, we don’t know, and we have to be able to protect ourselves.”
Democrats are not advocating for “open borders.”
Fox host Tomi Lahren suggests that Americans may need to shoot immigrants: “We are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in?” pic.twitter.com/W5NckY8YhU
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 13, 2019
‘You Are a Member of Congress’: AOC Slams Lawmaker Who Admitted He Lends Guns to Friends Who Didn’t Pass Background Checks
“Why on earth would you do that?”
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) berated a fellow member of Congress after he admitted he lends guns to friends who have not passed background checks. Earlier in the day Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a former Navy SEAL, said he opposes universal background checks – despite nearly nine out of 10 Americans supporting them – because if they were required he wouldn’t be able to lend his guns to his friends.
“You are a member of Congress. Why are you ‘lending’ guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?” The New York Democrat known to many as “AOC” asked. “The people you’re giving a gun to have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, & you may not know it. Why on earth would you do that?”
Crenshaw had said, “With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone.”
He snapped back at AOC, trying to make her home town a subject of derision.
“Just so I’m clear: you think my friends are domestic abusers/criminals? Seriously that’s your argument? That they can’t pass a background check? Wrong. People lend guns to friends, esp if they don’t own a gun, for self-defense and hunting purposes. This is America outside NYC.”
Rep. Crenshaw totally ignored the fact that these people, as he admitted, had not passed background checks.
One well-known conservative writer pointed out earlier that were he to lend a friend a gun and it were used in an illegal act, he too could be prosecuted.
Some on social media responded to Crenshaw’s lack of understanding. A sampling:
Dan, it boils down to this: Your argument is that you don’t feel safe unless you can have a gun everywhere. Our argument: We don’t feel safe if there are guns everywhere. The difference? The data is on our side. More guns = less safe.
— Drew Emery (@InlawsOutlaws) September 4, 2019
Dan. Would you lend your car to someone who didn’t have a license?
— Pleasantly Pink (@ReginaRed4) September 4, 2019
“Hi. I’m Dan Crenshaw. I might lose my position in Congress because I’m a stupid idiot who gives guns to people who might not be eligible to own one, making me also potentially criminally culpable if my gun is used in a crime.”
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) September 4, 2019
— Crustyone (@Crustyone2) September 4, 2019
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