U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) stood with Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other lawmakers on Wednesday to fight against concealed carry rights for law-abiding citizens.
Giffords, along with other Democrats, has been campaigning for background check requirements for all gun owners, including citizens who have already taken background checks for their permits and those who have received proper firearm education.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage. We must never stop fighting… The nation’s counting on you,” Giffords said at the press conference.
Giffords began her campaign after she was shot by a man who had undergone a background check. Murphy, on the other hand, has always been against the right to bear arms, claiming it’s “not a God-given right.”
“The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right,” he said. “It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”
His argument suggests that the government should control the right to bear arms. However, it is important to note, his beliefs contradict what Jefferson said in writing the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
President Trump has recently been fighting national reciprocity, which will not make this campaign for Giffords and others Democrats an easy one.
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