The Arizona Republic editorial staff is very mad at Gabby Giffords for an ad about gun violence:
Do you know what you’re doing?
That’s our question to the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC after it aired a 30-second ad attacking Martha McSally, GOP candidate for Congress in District 2.
The ad is a nasty piece of work. Demagoguery in heart-rending tones.
A mother with sorrowful eyes appears on screen and tells the real-life story of a family horror. “My daughter was just 19 when she told her boyfriend their relationship was over. And he got a gun and shot her and my husband.”
Portraits emerge of the two victims — a pretty young girl and her father in military dress. The mother tears up. Her voice cracks. “He (the stalker) had threatened her before, and I knew, I just knew.”
Then appears the face of Martha McSally, with words both spoken and superimposed on screen: “Martha McSally opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun.”
The ad waves the bloody shirt. Takes the tragic killing of two innocents and drops it at McSally’s feet, as if she were responsible. A murder indictment implied.
But, of course, McSally had nothing to do with these deaths.
The ad is meant to help Democratic incumbent Ron Barber in his bid for re-election. It is emblematic of a wave of tough new advertising the gun-control lobby pushed out after the slaughter of children and teachers at Newtown, Conn. did not result in meaningful gun-control legislation.
The anti-McSally ad is more than hardball politics. It is base and vile. It exploits a family’s tragedy to score cheap political points.
And when the ad makes news because it goes too far, Gabrielle Giffords makes news with it. Because it’s her group.
It’s not demagoguing an issue to point out what happens with easy access to guns. Guns that McSally wants to keep easy to access.
I guess Gabby Giffords is slightly miffed. Getting shot in the head can tend to be a clarifying moment and may make someone testy, you fucking assholes. It would be nice if you were as concerned about the victims of gun violence and those who want to keep flooding our country with easy to access guns as they were with decorum.
Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alabama- it has to be the heat that is making everyone down there nuts.