Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt in Tucson and left Congress to form, with her husband, a gun control group is in Phoenix Thursday to announce “a new bi-partisan coalition” to push for additional gun restrictions.
According to KSAZ News, the local Fox affiliate in Phoenix, this new group will call itself the Arizona Coalition for Common Sense (ACCS).
Giffords and husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions a few years ago. Ever since, they’ve been showing up around the country to promote passage of “universal background check” gun control measures including Initiative 594 in Washington State and similar efforts in Oregon, Nevada and Maine.
Last month, USA Today reported that they’ve got “new law enforcement allies” identified as the “Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense.”
The term “common sense” has been used ad nauseam by gun prohibitionists for several years. Gifford and Kelly have contended they are for “gun responsibility, not gun control.” The term “gun responsibility” has also become part of the gun control lexicon, to the point that a Seattle-based group calls itself the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.
Second Amendment activists counter that they’ve been routinely left out of these “coalitions” and “gun safety” efforts, because they all translate to “gun control.” That’s a term that is politically toxic, as Hillary Rodham Clinton discovered the hard way in November when otherwise lethargic gun owners in several key states turned up at the polls because she had made gun control a cornerstone of her presidential campaign. This was an important factor in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania; states with significant numbers of hunters and gun owners that all went for Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Times, Thursday’s activities in Phoenix will also include a “roundtable discussion on the impact of gun violence on Arizona’s communities.” This discussion will involve local business leaders.
Published reports say the new ACCS will “urge leaders to take responsible steps, such as closing loopholes in Arizona law that give criminals and domestic violence abusers easy access to firearms.” The gun control lobby also uses the term “loophole” a lot; so much so that one Second Amendment activist once suggested that anti-gunners think the Second Amendment is a “loophole.”