ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Response to Gabrielle Gifford's Resignation

Updated on January 30, 2012

Respect and Rage

I watched member of Congress Debbie Wasserman-Shultz on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, read Gabrielle Giffords' letter of resignation and had three quick reactions. First, I cried - a lot. Second, I knew she'd done the right thing for herself and her constituents in resigning, giving herself time to heal as fully as possible without distractions, and giving the people of her district in Arizona the chance to be represented by someone as decent and hardworking as she, but available 100% of the time.

Third, however, my reaction was rage. My anger was focused in three directions. 1) I'm angry that a deranged person can get weapons and use them so easily to hurt or destroy others - in this case, kill six persons, including a 9 year old girl, and badly wound another. 2) I'm furious with irresponsible political talk, including from many of those who served side-by-side with Giffords, who indirectly spew bitterness and hatred against others and thereby tacitly give approval to violent actions (ala, the killing of doctors who provide abortions as well as demeaning or attacking people of racial or cultural backgrounds by presenting them as being 'less American' or 'less human' or 'less deserving' or 'evil'). 3) I'm angry at the NRA, it's members and especially its leaders, who will not lift a finger or say a single word in favor of sensible control of firearms under the guises of self-protection, patriotism and hunting (who needs an AKA-47 to hunt deer or pheasants, or a machine gun for target practice?)

We've had a string of killings in the U.S. over the past fifty years - JFK, RFK, MLK, Harvey Milk, Dr. Tiller - and they're only a few of the many public recognizable figures who've been gunned down. How about the countless (and nameless, to most) numbers of spouses, children, neighbors, and victims of campus shootings and home robberies?

Passing laws that allow students and faculty on campuses to carry weapons to class, giving Texans the right to vote if they have a gun permit but not if they have a student I.D., and continuing to allow gun show vendors to sell all weapons at will with no background checks or waiting periods are not responsible answers to the growing violence in our land.

If sensible controls were in place, murders will still be committed and, yes, guns would still be stolen or bought on the sly and sent over state lines, but at least some of those murders might be solved because the weapons used are traceable, and in more than a few instances people might not have as easy an access to that gun in the first place or might think twice before using it if they knew they could be located and punished under the law.

Let Gabby Giffords be the last American, well- or little-known, to suffer for our collective failure to act. Put a limit to the number of rounds in a clip, for starters. Require gun shows to do background checks, and reinstate the ban on large-sized automatic weapons. Those might be reasonable laws for Gabby Giffords' replacement to suggest, along with others in the northeast who've been advocating similar approaches for years.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Howard Schneider 

      6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I agree with you, Bear Tales. The violent political rhetoric must stop. It did for awhile but it is back again. It is irresponsible and wrongheaded. One can oppose another's political views and still remain civil. The NRA's vehement defense of guns at all costs even common sense restrictions is horrible. Excellent Hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)