Gabby Giffords Pushes Gun Background Checks for State of the Union

New ad asks, 'what is Congress afraid of?'

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is renewing her call for Washington to enact universal gun background checks in a new ad ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“What is Congress afraid of?” Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who survived a shooting in Tuscon in 2011, says in the ad.

 

“Congress is afraid of the gun lobby,” Giffords says. “Tell Washington it’s too dangerous to wait.”

The is set to run on on CNN and MSNBC before and after Obama’s speech, the Associated Press reports. A bill expanding background checks failed to advance in the Senate last year, even in the wake of the massacre of 20 children in a school shooting in Connecticut in late 2012. The ad is paid for by Americans For Responsible Solutions, the super PAC founded by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly.

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BillyBob3
BillyBob3

Miss Gifford, I know you lost a few brain cells and might not remember, but we already have background checks for gun purchases.

KerriFaler
KerriFaler


The solution is already out there. The military has already designed weapons with microchips embedded for tracking and retrieval, and can even self destruct them if they get into the wrong hands. They can also make them inoperable. 
    I am in support of a plan that will revolutionize the way every firearm will be controlled and tracked across America and potentially the world. We need to assemble a team of scientists and engineers from possibly Intel, Colt, Remington, and ........ This plan would revolutionize forensics, surveillance, and tracking of all firearms and will make our family's and children much safer everywhere. 
We have to implant microchips into all existing firearms and future manufacturing. Possibly in the upper receiver or main frame. With GPS technology now available to track location within 3 centimeters, this will give us the ability to monitor weapons proximity near airports, schools, malls, major sporting events, banks, federal buildings, and the list goes on and on. We will have the ability to track murder weapons in the middle of lakes or buried. Somewhat like the tracking device used to find avalanche victims. Parolees would not be able to have a hidden and stolen weapon. We will be able to track where a weapon has been and where it presently exists. Much like the way we can track cells phone location. It will aid in solving murder cases. It will also aid law enforcement during illegal hunting activities. This will require an act of law to enforce. This must be done and it is just a matter of time because, this is the solution!
    I am an avid hunter that owns several firearms and have been a member of the NRA over the years. I would be willing to sacrifice all my firearm's anonymity for the ability to better protect our families and most of all our children. If you have something to hide then you shouldn't own any weapons. I would be sickened forever if one of my firearms was stolen and used in the murders. We will be able to track and retrieve these weapons immediately. We will also be able to track where a fugitive is by the weapon he possesses.
    I would encourage everyone to continue participating in online forum debates or social media to further this solution. Again, I believe this is the 1 and only solution. I have learned that there are government officials that have already submitted legislation on this concept  and plans are to re-submit it once again in the near future. The technology is currently out there but we need to continue to educate the public for more support. There is no way that anyone can tell when a "good person goes bad" with no previous records. This is the solution and it eventually will happen. It is just a problem of education since so many patriotic Americans live in fear of a "corrupt government". I am not want to debate that issue. But the fact is that our Government is controlled by Mega entities that have more money than brains. Just an opinion! But that will not hinder me from supporting this because, I, like many others, know it has to happen to protect all children and their future. It has occurred to me that most people are more interested in protecting their own household then protecting all families. This is a very selfish motive. I apologize for rambling on, thanks for your support!    Sincerely, your brother and patriot Steve P Faler    
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smplicitypc
smplicitypc

Gun lobby awful quiet on this one.


What, somebody shot in the head and lived to stare you down has more grit than you??


You bet.

NoEasyWay
NoEasyWay


@KerriFaler AKA "Steve P Faler" 

The fantasy scenario that you present has so many holes and omissions of logic that it's incomprehensible gibberish.  If adding a layer of complication to a complex machine is so great, perhaps you'd support a pilot program wherein we try all of the modifications that you imagine possible on fire extinguishers?  It's just as feasible, and will amply demonstrate the flaw in complicating a mechanism that people rely on to preserve their life or the lives of the people around them.  And as an added benefit, stolen fire extinguishers will be trackable!  Just like the guns in Fast and Furious!

NoEasyWay
NoEasyWay

@smplicitypc You think the "gun lobby" is quiet on this one because all your news comes from sources that confirm your bias.  Good luck with all that. 

Mike91
Mike91

Uh no, they leave her alone because she was shot in the head, BTW, she and her hubby own "assault weapons", they are hypocrites.

JakerTheSnaker
JakerTheSnaker

@smplicitypc Here's a little clue for you, politicians tend to vote based on the beliefs of their constituents because...get this...they will be voted out if they don't.  There are many, many states that do not want any further restrictions on firearms.  Deal with it.