On January 8, 2011, Representative Gabby Giffords was speaking to her constituents outside of a supermarket in Tuscon, Arizona when suddenly gunfire erupted. When the dust settled, Giffords had a bullet in her brain, 6 others were dead (including a child) and thirteen other, not including Giffords, were injured. The shooting left Giffords with deficits and she was forced to learn how to speak, walk, feed herself and do everything that we all take for granted over again. Since the massacre, Giffords has retired from Congress but she hasn’t stopped fighting. For the last five years the former congresswoman has been a very vocal advocate of gun control and wants nothing more than to make this country safer for all of us — and that is why she is disgusted by Donald Trump’s recent calls to assassinate Hillary Clinton.
Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly issued a statement blasting Trump for his comments, saying:
Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a bright red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed. What political leaders say matters to their followers. When candidates descend into coarseness and insult, our politics follow suit. When they affirm violence, we should fear that violence will follow.
Make no mistake, Donald Trump was absolutely calling for her death when he said that the “Second Amendment people” could take care of Hillary Clinton and it is terrifying. His voters have already shown that they have a propensity for violence, we’ve seen them attack protesters at his rallies time and again. We also know that constant fearmongering is a recipe for disaster, just look at what happened in Tuscon, South Carolina, and Orlando.
Trump’s recent comments prove without a shadow of a doubt that we must do everything we possibly can to keep him out of the White House. We cannot let our country fall into the hands of a maniac and his supporters.
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