• March 1, 2024

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly’s Group Targets 1st Female Air Force Pilot to in Fly Combat

On September 3 2014, the gun control group founded by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly began running ads against Martha McSally (R-AZ)–a retired Air Force pilot seeking to fill the congressional seat Giffords herself once held.

Puppet Gabby Giffords and Master Mark Kelly
Puppet Gabby Giffords and Master Mark Kelly

McSally, who was “the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat,” is being targeted by the group because she is pro-gun. She is running against Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ), a gun control supporter who won Giffords’ old seat in a 2012 special election.

According to Politico, the ad criticizes McSally’s opposition to gun control–particularly universal background checks–by suggesting she supports a “loophole that allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns without a [background] check.”

The ad does not mention that Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara gunman), Ivan Lopez (2014 Ft. Hood gunman), Paul Ciancia (LAX gunman), Aaron Alexis (D.C. Navy Yard gunman), Nidal Hasan (2009 Ft. Hood gunman), and James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman) all went through background checks to get their guns.

The ad also features testimonial from a mother who claims, “McSally got a lot of money from the lobbyists who also support the gun show loophole.”  But the ad says nothing about the “six-figures” Giffords and Kelly’s group is spending to try to help gun control candidate Barber win the race.

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