Gun Control Debate Heats Up Nationwide; Giffords to Congress: “Be Bold, Be Courageous”
February 3, 2013
(Long Island, NY) On Wednesday, January 30th, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona’s 8th congressional district, implored Congress to act on the nation’s gun control legislation while delivering remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Giffords testimony was short, but to the point:
“Speaking is difficult but I need to say something. Gun violence is a big problem. Too many people are dying. Too many children. We must do something,” she said. “It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”
Her husband, Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut, U.S. Navy Captain and naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War, sat beside her during her brief statement and later directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife. Giffords was a victim of a shooting near Tucson, Arizona at a supermarket where she was meeting with constituents for “Congress on Your Corner”.
Some might ask, that if you cannot trust in an emotional plea from someone like Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence, whom she and her husband both own guns and back the Second Amendment, then who should you possibly listen to about such a controversial issue?
FOX News host Jeanine Pirro, former prosecutor, judge, and elected official from the state of New York took a harsh stance by identifying her right as a gun owner to “Bear Arms” in an opening statement on her show. Pirro is currently a legal analyst on Fox News “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and explained why she believes strongly for the right of gun owners and the Second Amendment, and how it never defined, nor limited the “number of bullets” to be used in defense of one’s self or one’s nation, by its founders.
Contributing to further debate, a four-minute video, titled “Options for Consideration,” was released from the Department of Homeland Security recommending “Scissors” to fend off an “active shooter”, suggesting additional tactics such as running away, hiding under a desk or taking cover outside of the line of fire.
Pirro interviewed Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark, who released his own PSA (below) which recommending that people train and arm themselves to protect their family. Pirro asked Sheriff Clark about the PSA saying “Have you seen this video? I mean, are you kidding? This is the Department of Homeland Security and they are worried about people defending themselves with guns. Sheriff Clark, I assume you think grabbing your scissors isn’t a good idea if someone is coming after you with a gun.” she said.
“Judge, I saw that video the other day and I laughed, DHS is out of touch I’d like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of what happens at the street level between police and the community. Again, I am not afraid of empowering citizens to make critical decisions. And I don’t want to sit here and tell people in this situation to do this in this situation or do that, that’s why I emphasize that it’s an individual responsibility; people have to make the best determination with what they are faced with on the ground when those situations arise. But the thought of grabbing scissors is laughable.” Pirros cuts in with “It’s ridiculous, I’ll say it for you.”
Clarke released his own PSA (above) recommending that people arm themselves to protect their family.