Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited an Alaska shooting range on a whirlwind “Rights and Responsibilities” tour to promote gun control, but the Washington Post says the range’s owners asked not to be identified because they didn’t want to be linked to the event. The awning that shielded her husband, Mark Kelly, as he loaded his weapons sported a sign thanking one of the range's key sponsors: Friends of the National Rifle Association.
Visits to states like Nevada and North Dakota were part of a carefully orchestrated trip to show the couple's affinity for firearms in states with strong gun traditions. They hope to convince fellow gun owners of the virtues of stricter regulations. With Second Amendment rights, they say, come responsibilities. Giffords and Kelly use a softer touch than New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Armed with fresh polling data showing overwhelming support for expanding background checks in even the reddest pockets of the U.S., the couple tells nervous politicians they can vote “yes” and keep their jobs.