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Gabby Giffords applauds Connecticut's anti-gun push

Gabby Giffords applauds Connecticut's anti-gun push
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Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is still beating the gun control pavement, so to speak. In particular, she wants to say a lot of nice things about the state of Connecticut.

After all, the anti-gun state is yet another that hasn’t met a gun control law it doesn’t like and it’s sent plenty of anti-gun lawmakers to Congress.

They haven’t actually done all that much, but they’re there just the same.

And Giffords has really nice things to say about it.

As I reflect on the long and often frustrating battle to end gun violence, I am heartened by the unwavering dedication of leaders committed to making our communities safer. The state of Connecticut is home to many of those leaders—or, as I call them, heroes.

The president’s decision to attend the recent Safer Communities Summit, organized by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, stands as a testament to Connecticut’s remarkable leadership and progress since the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The event was a fitting recognition of the one-year mark of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, passed in the wake of last year’s tragedies in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.

However, from that unimaginable tragedy emerged a steadfast determination to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. It’s what led me to found GIFFORDS in an effort to stop gun violence from tearing apart communities. It’s what has driven leaders like Senator Murphy to transform the gun safety movement over the past 10 years into a force to be reckoned with.

Connecticut has emerged as a beacon of hope in the battle against gun violence. The state is a national leader when it comes to passing effective gun laws, recently earning an A- grade in the GIFFORDS Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Its congressional delegation is second to none in pushing for lifesaving federal legislation. And Senator Murphy’s Safer Communities Summit, which brought together community leaders, advocates, government officials, and concerned citizens, was an extraordinary gathering that showcased the progress we made with last year’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) and underscored the state’s commitment to finding commonsense solutions to this devastating crisis.

This would be the same Safer Communities Summit where President Joe Biden tried to justify banning AR-15s by saying the American people don’t have F-16s, so there’s absolutely no hope of resisting tyranny.

Not the dunk he likely thought it was.

But let’s talk a little about that A- grade Giffords notes. An A- isn’t the best grade by any measure, of course, and the Giffords organization is notoriously stingy with those. Connecticut has pushed gun control for years now and they don’t exactly get that A+ grade.

No one does.

Yet we know why, now. It’s because Giffords herself wants “No more guns.

See, in all of this, she never addresses that point at all. She never once mentions the Second Amendment, much less gives the normal lip service to respecting it.

Giffords says none of that, just touts how much work Connecticut lawmakers have put into restricting people’s right to keep and bear arms.

Why would she? That’s the quiet part. She said it out loud once and while the mainstream news managed to completely ignore it, we didn’t. She tipped her hand, and now we know that what Giffords likes about Connecticut is that they’re dedicated to working toward that “no more guns” goal.

Especially since their attempts at walking back those stories were to simply deny she said what she said by arguing she was talking about Australia.

She wasn’t.

The truth of the matter is that the entire Giffords organization is living in a world of delusion. Remember, this is the same group that argued the Bruen decision actually supports all the gun control they want. This matters because they honestly believe Connecticut’s efforts will not just withstand judicial scrutiny but can be exported to the rest of the nation.

They not only should not be but likely cannot be.

And I’m thankful for that.