Column: Gun campaign tarnishes image

One of the more disturbing news pictures I’ve seen recently was that of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., with an automatic handgun in her extended hand.

The photograph accompanied a story about efforts by Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, to gain support from reluctant members of Congress for universal background checks of gun purchases. Their approach is to persuade recalcitrant lawmakers who helped defeat that popular proposal earlier in the year to reconsider their action.

It seems, startlingly I think, despite the horrendous tragedy that befell Giffords — the killing of six people and her own fight to survive — she and her husband are not anti-firearms. To the contrary, they remain enthusiastic gun owners.


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