Giffords Spreads Lies
to Push Antigun Agenda

By Larry Keane. August 26, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who heads up the gun control group bearing her name, is spinning tales and vilifying the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to advance President Joe Biden's shared gun grab visions.

Giffords penned an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer calling for nationwide universal background checks on all firearm transfers. She claims this is what America needs but couldn't be more wrong. America doesn't need more background checks. America needs better background checks. That's exactly what NSSF has been fighting for since 2013.

NSSF's FixNICS campaign is focused on improving the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) so the background check system works as it was intended. The firearm industry spearheaded this initiative and changed laws in 16 states and in Congress to ensure all disqualifying adjudicated mental health and criminal records are submitted to the FBI. Since NSSF started this effort, submission of disqualifying records to the FBI increased 270 percent, from about 1.7 million in 2012 to over 6.14 million in 2021.

Pennsylvania, where Giffords is stumping for gun control, is one of the most improved states because of the firearm industry's efforts, not Giffords' gun control. In 2012, Pennsylvania submitted just one disqualifying mental health record to the FBI. The firearm industry changed that. Today, 944,974 records are submitted.

Still, Giffords demands Congress act to push for universal background checks without clarifying that the murderer, who took six innocent lives and wounded Giffords, passed the very background check she demands. She overlooks that the background checks her attacker passed didn't account for his noted drug abuse, his violent outbursts, or declining state of mental health. Better laws were needed to stop the likes of her attacker, not more laws that would infringe on the rights of those who obey the law .....

The NICS system is broken. Far better to have a 'BIDS' system, the "Blind ID System" which performs a similar function, but it costs far less and doesn't register gun owners by the tens of millions - dealers can simply consult a 'bad guy list' when dealing with a sale.


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