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NRA Sparks Backlash After Publishing ‘Target Practice’ Headline Next To Photo Of Pelosi, Giffords


NRA Sparks Backlash After Publishing ‘Target Practice’ Headline Next To Photo Of Pelosi, Giffords

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 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.”

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.”

Newsweek notes:

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.


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