A new organization ostensibly for gun owners for making the news — the Gun Owners for Safety, created by former Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
You may remember that Gabby Giffords suffered a gunshot wound while at a public appearance in Arizona, her home state, and had to resign from Congress shortly after due to her intense injuries. She was shot in the head at close range by an assailant holding a 9mm pistol with a 33 round magazine. The shooter killed six people and injured 19 that day.
Since that time, gun control advocates have invoked Giffords’ name to promote their own political agenda. We’re here to tell you not to fall for it.
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Gun Owners for Safety was officially created in 2018 with clubs in three states: Texas, Colorado, and Minnesota. They are launching nationally this month with the stated mission of taking down the National Rifle Association, which is apparently too pro-Second Amendment.
Executive Director Peter Ambler claims that the gun owning community must “move to the center” to create meaningful change. As the NRA points out in a press release, this is really about promoting gun control — not gun ownership.
“Apparently, they now believe that calling an affiliated group Gun Owners for Safety will lull some gun owners into believing they can be trusted to not impose onerous restrictions on them,” the NRA said.
So far Gun Owners for Safety has around 50,000 members, but with Giffords at the forefront they are hoping to woo away members from the NRA. They allege that the NRA has numerous legal and ethical controversies surrounding their board members.
And let’s be clear: Giffords didn’t enter this debate after her own tragic experience. This is a naked political move. She’s married to former astronaut Mark Kelly who is actually running for US Senate in Arizona this election year.
The NRA Shouldn’t Worry
Gun Owners for Safety claims to be fighting for safer gun laws, but it seems to be a PR battle with the nation’s oldest pro-2A organization. As the NRA notes, the group has no gun safety classes, making their name rather questionable. On the website, their mission is to “end gun violence” through cutting off the “gun lobbyist stranglehold on the political system.” In other words, they mean the NRA.
The members and leaders of the NRA probably aren’t very concerned about this new group’s stance against them. The NRA has nearly 5 million members on their roster. The only people this group seems suited for are people who hate guns already.