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Giffords Is A Gun Owner; Gun Control Group Calls for ‘Civility’ in Political Discourse

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Susan Jones
CNS News
Jan 9, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and critically wounded outside a Tucson supermarket on Saturday, described herself as a Second Amendment supporter, although the National Rifle Association does not rate her highly.

In a June 26, 2008 message on her congressional Web site, Giffords wrote:

As a gun owner, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.  In February, I was proud to sign the Amicus Brief in District of Columbia v. Heller asking the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court ruling that overturned the long standing DC gun ban.

This is a common sense decision that reaffirms the Constitutional right — and Arizona tradition — of owning firearms.  I commend the Court for ruling in favor of restoring our right to bear arms.”

After the mass shooting in Arizona, the National Rifle Association posted a brief statement on its Web site, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and their families during this difficult time. We join the rest of the country in praying for the quick recovery of those injured.”

The NRA gave Giffords a C rating in the 2010 election cycle. The grade applies to candidates with a mixed record or positions on gun-related issues.

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