Giffords, and the gun control group bearing her name, can hardly point fingers and say gun control is a partisan problem when they’ve been stoking that fire.
Giffords tweeted just over a week ago, “The biggest opponent to David Chipman’s nomination for ATF Director? It’s not gun owners—it’s the gun industry. Chipman’s confirmation is literally a matter of life or death—but to the NSSF, it’s about their ability to sell more weapons.”
More recently, Giffords tweeted that NSSF is, “lying, fearmongering, and promoting gun extremism.”
That’s hardly dialing back the polarization. Giffords gun control isn’t interested in it. Giffords recently hired Ryan Busse, a former little-known firearm industry executive, who found he could make money trashing the firearm industry. He’s joined Giffords as a senior advisor and in just a couple more months, he’s releasing a book detailing all his gun industry grudges.
That’s a page borrowed from Sen. Kelly. He attempted to purchase an AR-15 from an Arizona store in 2013 to demonstrate how “easy it was” to buy the rifle. It was so easy, the retailer ended the sale when he learned it wouldn’t be for Kelly’s personal use, but to turn it over to the police in a publicity stunt.
Gun control isn’t serious about real answers to difficult problems. They feign interest in “commonsense” solutions, but the answer is always more gun control. It’s never to address issues with no-bail policies, police funding, criminal accountability or ever the notion that each and every law-abiding American has the right to defend themselves.
They can focus on theatrics. The firearm industry will continue working on Real Solutions.
Larry Keane is the senior vice-president for government and public affairs, assistant secretary and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.