Gabby Giffords and company are desperate. As an organization, they don’t really seem to have anything going for them. They have no real victories, and Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly is constantly proved to be either the wrongest human being in the universe on the topic of guns or an outright liar. There’s just not much for the organization to hang its hat on other than the legacy of Gabby Giffords status as a survivor of violence.
Now they’re suing the Trump administration over documents they claim the BATFE failed to turn over.
The Trump administration is being sued by a gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords for documents related to the National Rifle Association’s influence over the president’s gun views.
The Arizona Democrat’s organization, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests to turn over the administration’s correspondence with the NRA, according to the Huffington Post.
The organization was specifically looking for records concerning Trump administration policies on concealed carry reciprocity, gun silencers, bump stocks and assault weapon exports.
Giffords’ group also hoped to find evidence of improper lobbying by Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, on behalf of gun manufacturing companies as well as contact between gun lobbying groups and senior administration officials after the Las Vegas mass shooting last month. The organization was seeking any proof that the NRA attempted to review bump stock regulations in coordination with the ATF.
The lawsuit, obtained by the Huffington Post, accused the Trump administration of following the NRA in “lockstep” following recent shootings and sought evidence that pro-gun lobbyists had influenced the ATF in pursuing “dangerous policies and to oppose common sense gun-violence-prevention measures.”
Once again, the anti-gun crusaders demonstrate that they simply can’t fathom people actually supporting gun rights without the NRA holding the leash.
Honestly, that’s what this all boils down to. They’re so invested in their own narrative that they can’t accept that any politician could possibly believe in the plain and simple text of the Second Amendment. They actually believe that no one would support it without being either bought and paid for, or else otherwise directed by their NRA overlords.
Let me make it very simple. The NRA is an organization that derives all of its power from its membership, which is made up of voters. Those voters vote for candidates that they believe will support their right to keep and bear arms…and there needs to be at least some commitment to sincerity because otherwise, it comes through as insincere. Kind of simplistic, but accurate.
Yet Giffords and company are desperate to find a link, any link. They need to find something, anything they can use as a gotcha.
They don’t get that no matter what they find, it’ll be irrelevant. The facts are on our side and they always have been. No amount of legal wrangling will change that.