On March 6, The Hill reported on a tweet the NRA sent out, claiming the tweet “mocks Gabby Giffords” with the facts.
The NRA’s tweet was dated March 5 and contained a link to a Breitbart News (BN) report titled, “Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed.”
The point the NRA and BN made was simple: Giffords describes background checks as a way of “stopping violence,” all the while her attacker—Jared Loughner—went through a background check to acquire the gun he used to carry out violence against Giffords.
The Hill cried foul, accusing the NRA of mocking Giffords. They quoted Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) who described the tweet as a “pathetic” example of “blatant fear-mongering and desperate intimidation.”
Neither The Hill nor Rice refuted the report that Loughner passed a background check to acquire his firearm.
Rice did say, “No one can deny the fact that [background checks] will help prevent violent criminals from buying guns.” She did not mention that background checks did not prevent Jerad and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Aaron Ybarra (Seattle Pacific University), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), and Naveed Haq (Seattle), among numerous others, from buying and keeping the guns which they used in heinous crimes.
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