Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is speaking out against Donald Trump’s statements he made in North Carolina when he called for his supporters to use violence against Hillary Clinton if she is elected President of the United States and begins to appoint Supreme Court Justices who are in favor of gun rights.
Giffords rose to the attention of the nation after she was attacked during a speech to her constituents in January of 2011. Giffords, along with 18 others, were shot by a gunman. Six were dead and Giffords left the scene with a bullet in her brain.
She has been making strong strides toward recovery and has come out as a strong advocate for gun control. In a statement issued by herself and her husband Mark Kelly, they deplore Trump’s use of disgusting violent rhetoric:
Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a bright red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed. What political leaders say matters to their followers. When candidates descend into coarseness and insult, our politics follow suit. When they affirm violence, we should fear that violence will follow.
While Trump’s campaign has insisted he was not calling for violence against Clinton, we can hope the nation will heed the warnings of Giffords who knows better than anybody the consequences of what happens when a madman with a gun goes too far.