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Giffords: 'Furious' over Senate 'cowardice' on guns

In a op-ed posted Wednesday evening by the New York Times, Gabrielle Giffords excoriated senators for blocking more restrictive background checks for weapons purchases: "These senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them ... Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe."
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Apr 17, 2013, 9:00 pm
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No disrespect to Giffords’ injury or recovery, but I don’t believe for one second that she wrote this herself, or any of the other recent pieces that have been released with her name on it.

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Apr 18, 2013, 9:13 am
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@Bret Linden,

Do you believe anyone in the political arena writes their own material, without extensive input from others?

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Apr 18, 2013, 9:20 am
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@Dylan Smith

No, I don’t. But in most other cases the speechwriters give drafts to said politicians, and politicians edit, omit, or rearrange. Giffords seems to be only in a position to say “yes” or “no”.

Even if Giffords were being used as a prop to return Monday Night Football back to ABC where it rightfully belongs, I would still be equally disgusted at the exploitation of her injury and condition. “Here, I wrote this. Can I say you did it?” just seems to horribly disgusting and sickening to me.

I’m not saying shove Giffords in a closet and leave her there for the rest of her life…but I am saying to everyone to show some respect, and find other methods to further your political ideals and causes than on the already-heavily-burdened shoulders of Giffords.

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Apr 18, 2013, 9:40 am
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@Bret Linden,

Gabby certainly has trouble speaking, but she can say a good deal more than just “yes” or “no.” She was always a very willful woman; my interactions with her since tell me she’s doing what she wants to do now, as well.

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