As evidenced by the recent events surrounding the Tucson Massacre, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona is likely the new James Brady. Once a guns rights advocate, Giffords will likely champion new anti-gun legislation in the post-Obama assassination era with the power of her new found celebrity.
OBAMACSI.COM: After presidential assistant James Brady was injured during the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt of 1981, he became a staunch anti-gun pit-bull in Washington D.C. With the passage of his "Brady Bill" in 1993, millions of Americans had their Constitutional right to own guns stripped away.
Title: James Brady
Date: February 28, 1994
Abstract: James Scott "Jim" Brady is a former Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control.
Brady championed the Brady Bill, legally known as the "Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act" (Pub.L. 103-159, 107 Stat. 1536) which was ian Act of the United States Congress that, for the first time, instituted federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States. The Brady Bill was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 30, 1993, and went into effect on February 28, 1994.
The "Brady Bill" prohibits guns to any American who:
1. Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
2. Is a fugitive from justice;
3. Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
4. Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution;
5. Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
6. Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
7. Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced U.S. citizenship;
8. Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner, or;
9. Has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or
10. Has a record of being a felon (Wikipedia, 2011).
2. THE DHS GUN MEMO
OBAMACSI.COM: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo states that "Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government." Clearly, the U.S. government is planning on further restricting firearms and ammunition.
Title: Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization and Recruitment
Date: April 7, 2009
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Abstract: Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government.
The high volume of purchases an stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2009).
3. THE GIFFORD'S BILL?
OBAMACSI.COM: The likely choice for the new anti-gun pit-bull post Obama assassination is none other than Jewish Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. On January 8, 2011, Giffords was an alleged victim in the Tuscon Shooting in which Jewish gunman Jared Loughner killed 6 and injured 14. On August 2, 2011, roughly eight months after her near-death experience, Giffords made a surprise return to Washington D.C. for the historic Debt Ceiling vote and was greeted with a standing ovation. Exactly what role Mrs. Giffords will play in regards to gun control is not yet clear, but she was pro 2nd Amendment prior to the shooting.
Title: Tucson Shooting Survivors Lobby
Lawmakers For Stricter Gun Laws
Date: November 16, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: A dozen survivors of the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) lobbied federal lawmakers Tuesday to broaden federal background checks on potential gun owners.
The effort marked the first time since the shooting, which killed six and wounded 13, including Giffords, that a large group of Tucson survivors have banded together to weigh in on the politically charged issue.
The lobbying effort, which included private meetings with lawmakers and an appearance before a Senate subcommittee, was organized by a coalition of mayors pushing for tighter gun control. The mayors -- led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino -- and the Tucson survivors are lobbying for a bill that would require states to supply more complete mental health and criminal records to a federal database used for background checks on gun buyers.
The bill would also require federal background checks for those seeking to buy guns from private dealers, who often sell at gun shows. Now, purchases from private dealers are not subject to background checks.
Loughner legally purchased a gun from a licensed dealer even after college officials removed him from the school because of mental health issues. Loughner is in custody amid efforts to restore him to competency so he can stand trial.
"It's entirely possible Jared Loughner might not have bought the Glock" if his admission of drug use to the army or mental health problems were known, said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, who led the subcommittee hearing. "I don't want there to be any more what-ifs."
Some mental health advocates worry the bill would unfairly punish those seeking mental treatment or discourage people from seeking treatment. A National Rifle Association spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gun control is a complex issue for the Tucson victims, some of whom own firearms and live in a conservative state that expanded gun rights after the January shooting. Giffords, a moderate Democrat, is known for her support of gun rights.
"I'm really distraught and pretty angry," Tucson shooting survivor Roger Salzgeber told Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, in a meeting in Flake's office Tuesday afternoon.
Salzgeber helped subdue Loughner. His wife, Faith, wrapped a nine-year-old victim, Christina Taylor Green, in a tablecloth to keep her warm and comforted her as she lay on the ground dying from her wounds.
"I'm a gun owner. I've had my check done," Salzgeber told Flake. "I'm not here advocating to take anyone's guns away. I'm here to advocate that people who shouldn't have guns don't get guns."
Flake said he would look at the proposed bill.
The group of 12 survivors and their family members met
with lawmakers the day after Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly,
appeared on national television for their first extended interview since the