House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) daughter slammed the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Saturday over a magazine spread that depicts her mother and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), a victim of gun violence, next to a large headline that reads “Target Practice.”
“We must condemn this intentional, outrageous criminal incitement,” Christine Pelosi tweeted Saturday. “We cannot allow this hate speech to stop common-sense gun violence prevention.”
In another tweet, she accused the gun rights organization of “inciting violence” against the Democratic House leader with the article headline.
The NRA published a magazine headline “target practice” with a photo of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Rep Gabby Giffords. We must condemn this intentional, outrageous criminal incitement. We cannot allow this hate speech to stop common sense gun violence prevention.
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 23, 2019
The magazine spread, which appears in the March 2019 print and online edition, focuses on Democratic efforts to pass legislation that would enhance background checks for gun purchases, which the House is set to vote on next week. The piece and identified Pelosi as the “arch anti-gunner.”
The subtitle of the article stated: “Congressional Democrats target gun owners for persecution with extreme firearm transfer bans.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California condemned the magazine spread and characterized it as a “call for violence.” He urged his followers to boycott the NRA, which publishes American Rifleman.
“The NRA should face legal consequences,” he tweeted. “But let’s put them out of business with boycotts and ballot boxes. #EnoughIsEnough.”
This is a call for violence by the @NRA against @GabbyGiffords, who was nearly killed by gunfire and @SpeakerPelosi, the most powerful legislator in America. The NRA should face legal consequences. But let’s put them out of business with boycotts and ballot boxes. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/XFTAg5XJWI
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 23, 2019
Fred Guttenberg, who became an advocate for gun control after his daughter Jaime was killedat the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, told Newsweek that the picture ultimately “reinforces the notion that they are a terror group.”
Magazine covers and titles are highly thought out. People get paid a lot of money on decisions like this. The decision in NRA magazine to have an article titled Target Practice next to photo of Pelosi and Giffords is intentional. This is incitement of violence and not OK! https://t.co/63mXCLn6UN
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 23, 2019
Someone sent me this image of the latest copy of NRA’s magazine, featuring a story with the words “Target Practice” next to a photo of Nancy Pelosi with Gabby Giffords. Maybe don’t do this @NRA. pic.twitter.com/u9fQhxwEyk
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 22, 2019
Both Pelosi and Giffords have been targeted for their political work. In 2011, Giffords was shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt in Arizona during a meeting with community members. She survived the attack and went on to found Americans for Responsible Solutions, a super pac that supports gun control initiatives. The group rebranded as “Giffords” in 2016.
Pelosi, meanwhile, has faced numerous threats, including one earlier this month from Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-proclaimed “white nationalist” who federal prosecutors say was plotting an attack on Democratic lawmakers. He was arrested earlier this month in Maryland, where investigators claim he had been stockpiling firearms to use in the alleged attack.