Giffords Gun Group a New Attempt at an Old Divide-and-Conquer Tactic

Gabby meets with Minnesota Fudds. Not exactly a diverse group, are they? (Giffords/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “[F]ormer Representative Gabrielle Giffords went to Minnesota to announce the creation of a gun safety advocacy group,” The New York Times publicized approvingly. “The group’s agenda is predictable … Its composition is not: The members are all gun owners.”

“Gun owners join the push for common sense gun laws.” The editorial board of the Minneapolis Star Tribune follows up. “Some are rejecting the NRA and making their voices heard in the state debate — and just in time.”

You see what’s going on here: Gungrabby Gabby et al. are attempting to make people, and especially politicians, believe gun owners support citizen disarmament. Some do. We call them “Fudds.”

The group, deceptively calling itself “Minnesota Gun Owners for Safety,” is the second state chapter to form so far, the first being in Colorado.  For now, the goals are being presented to appear modest and reasonable, at least to the uninformed” universal background checks” and “extreme risk protection” laws. That the DOJ’s National Institute of Justice has concluded “Effectiveness [of UBCs] depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration,” and that “red flag laws” allow the state to confiscate guns from citizens not even charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one, and presume “guilty until proven innocent,” is left unmentioned.

What’s clear from their web page is that they do nothing to promote actual safe practices for guns, but instead call for infringements and call that “safety.” For now, Giffords is enjoying the free publicity from supportive media, but keeping information about membership close to the vest, making it fair to question if they only have a handful of virtue-signaling Democrat “sport shooters,” oblivious to the reality that they’re being exploited as the useful idiots they are.

“It’s possible to prevent gun violence while also supporting the Second Amendment,” they claim, clueless that the way you do that is by not infringing on the right to keep and bear arms with gun bans and insane “gun-free zones.”

It’s not the first time we’ve seen gun-grabbers create what became known as “Astroturf” gun groups. We’ve seen them come and go over the years, and they all share two things in common: Outside special interest funding and a lack of any appreciable grassroots support.

One notable example of such a fraudulent operation was the now-defunct American Hunters and Shooters Association, a group bankrolled by a gun-hater that failed after five years because it couldn’t  attract a critical mass of “sportsmen.” I wrote extensively about them at the time.

They had a list of positions they advocated, including: “AHSA is committed to supporting the right to keep and bear arms, protecting our homes, and preserving our liberties,” and “Hunting and sport shooting are American values AHSA will vigorously defend.”

That was out of one side of their mouths. Out of the other, they claimed: “an overwhelming majority of hunters support proposals like background checks to purchase guns, keeping military style assault weapons off our streets and the elimination of cop killer bullets.” They advocated that “the FBI should be given reasonable access to National Instant Check System (NICS) purchase records” and promoted “legislative efforts to regulate .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles in the same manner as machine guns.”

AHSA’s president John Rosenthal founded “Stop Handgun Violence,” and was as big a gun-grabber as you would find. Their Board of Directors included honchos from Crime Guns Solutions, ex-BATF careerists who supported suing gunmakers. AHSA had ties with a Democrat consulting group, DCS, whose clients included Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers.

That would be the same Nancy Pelosi who years later would endorse an incremental “slippery slope” for gun grabs. And that’s what Gabby’s gunkapos either fail to realize, or more likely, know full well but are hoping those they’re swindling out of their rights don’t catch on to.

Any hunter who truly believes they can throw EBRs under the bus and their scoped “sniper rifle” won’t be next is a fool. Anyone who believes “progressives” won’t be coming after their “blood sport” when the time is right has not been paying attention.

But don’t take my word for it.  Instead, I’ll ask you to believe a committed anti-gun zealot (and a George Soros protégé at that), Rebecca Peters, who was Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) from 2002 to 2010:

“Peters states that civilians should not have ‘rifles that they can kill someone at 100 meters distance, for example. There needs to be a much greater degree of proportionality in the firepower that’s available.’ Clearly, she said ‘single-shot rifles and shotguns’ are all anyone needs to go hunting, one of the few lawful uses of firearms which she recognized. During the debate, she showed little concern for the Britons who had lost their right to compete with modern rifles and handguns. That’s just too bad, Peters said. ‘So get another hobby,’ she advised.”

For some of us, it’s not a hobby.

By dividing gun owners, those bent on disarmament are trying to conquer all, but in stages, one specialized gun owner interest group at a time. I’m reminded of a story from The Odyssey when the Cyclops Polyphemus promised he’d eat Odysseus last.

He still intended to eat him. The only way out was by banding together and fighting with everything they had, like their lives depended on it.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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George V Rowe

Our founders provided all the gun law we need.
It is our Constitution’s Second Amendment.
It is complete and unequivocal.


It is the Nazi Party in America and they won’t stop until they disarm America and turn it into a socialist state like Venezuela … they keep gaining ground and it is almost too late to stop America from ceasing to exist as a nation which respects individual civil rights.

Joseph Barrett

Here is the truth …..
Gifford is a fake. The whole event was staged. Called operation Safeway.

Joseph Barrett

There was an overwhelming amount of evidence that Giffords shooting was a staged false flag. Those videos are frequently taken down but look for them. Download and share. People should talk about that.


Minn. was always a farming state, even though it was cold, there were large farms owned by farmer families. Now it is filled with muzzies and anti gun people. What is a conservative to do to defend themselves, border their property with pigs?
By the way, Gabby sits in the picture and it looks like she is thinking “which way did they go”.


well da vote for the fing dems see what comes of it


Gifford’s husband Mark came to Clackamas County OR and had a video made of him shooting an AR full auto with the sheriff dept. he wanted to buy one and stated average American did not need machine guns. That was all paid for with tax dollars. Of course, that video was removed. Typical wanna be 2-face politician. Should be an investigation on why then average citizen Mark gets to shoot full auto at taxpayer expense and with firearm not available to average public. I smell collusion!


As long as gun owners continue to waste money on LaPierre Inc. (NRA) which sees compromise as success and has failed miserably to fully support the 2nd Amendment in all but lip service, the anti-gun people will have a “useful tool” to attack legitimate pro-gun organizations and gun owners, and are doing so. Yes, the antis lie and the press lies and distorts the truth for their own purposes, but the NRA under its present dictatorial leadership does nothing to correct the lies and only helps the antis when with its blatantly and obviously corrupt administration. How does supporting a… Read more »

James Green

You must not be a member of the NRA to make such a statement. The NRA does more to promote support for our 2nd Amendment protected right than any organization by far! Captain Jim Green, NRA Endowment Member (higher than life)


Former NRA member and past President of the local “Friends of the NRA”, until I saw the corruption first hand.


Too bad that thing survived that headshot.

Rocky Mountain

I didn’t, haven’t you noticed.

Rocky Mountain

“It” didn’t……

Damn spell checker!

John Galt

Does the puppet run the meetings? Plan the strategy?

Who is pulling her strings?


Just like with James Brady, the wannabe superstar spouse is using a mentally damaged individual for their own purposes and aggrandizement without regard to the welfare of the brain damaged individual. It’s no less despicable and cowardly than “beating up a retard for fun”.

rich z

Dose Anyone know who shot this woman????It was a DEMOCRAT. Who wants to take your guns DEMOCRATS. Who loves AGENDA 21 ? You guessed it ,the DEMOCRATS. Need I say more.


HANG them ALL or we all will be destroyed. Folks, it is well past time to actually move that fat body of yours.

Rocky Mountain

Colorado has weed. Until they mess with the weed nobody really cares. It’s good weed and keeps them well sedated. IQ’s of climate cult here are well below that of plant life and they say we got the shut down the carbon footprint though they have not yet figured out they are carbon based life form. They drive around all day consuming the very products they vote to turn off. Reality does not exist in Colorado due to large scale Koolaid consumption. They do typically believe every word the gov says and they like Ocasio, think she is wonderful all… Read more »


FUDDs, like RINOs, want be liked and accepted by the people who hate them.

They are willing to prostitute themselves to any degree. Fuck’em all.

Rocky Mountain

State gov here has barrackaded the state gov buildings and some Sheriffs depts are barrackaded defensively and talking with my attorney he gave advice that I won’t state here and said have lots of ammo for when the shooting starts. Says night raids are coming and there will be lots of them. He moved way outside of town into the wilderness to be far from the heavy action. I am 50 times farther out than him and it is still not far enough. Colorado is on total meltdown.


“…and I saw that one of its heads had been slain and its fatal wound was healed.”
Kinda scary stuff, My Friends.

Rocky Mountain

Romans 1:29-32
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
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gun “control” = a**hole


Shows what can be done with messaging. The two items noted are some of the worst infringments ever devised, but are made to sound like great ideas.

n r ringlee

On another note, I had a conversation with on of my far left friends from SF State (class of 1979). She is now an attorney working for the State of CA and lives in Sacto. In spite of our profound differences we remain friends. I even taught her to shoot years ago. My question to her was this: if you believe Trump is such a monster why do you feel safe limiting your personal defense options to a nerf bat? She could not answer.

n r ringlee

The progressives have been forced to change the names to protect them from the innocent for over 100 years. They form these astro turf groups, funded by wealthy progressives and manned by professional community organizers and then they try to push an agenda as if it was a grass roots effort. When they tarnish their own names and are outed as elitist, progressive enemies of liberty they simply change their names and move on dot org to a new PO Box and a new Newspeak sounding name. Same old faces, same old agenda, new PO Box and letterhead. Look at… Read more »


The group around that table smacks of hardcore Democrat trial lawyers who run local politics, etc.


Great article! And please keep it in mind prior to casting your vote in the up coming elections! Additionally, we need to teach our children how to smell out rats?

Ronald Nuxon

Anti-gun groups have a lot of money on their hands, since they are bankrolled by billionaires Bloomberg, Soros, Steyer etc. The appearance of such a group indicates that they also have a lot of time on their hands to conjure up nonsense. As usual with them, it’s all top down. They can lie about issues and buy some influence, but they do not have the grassroots backing like the gun rights movement.

Rocky Mountain

Their purpose for gun confiscation here in Colorado is because they are turning the energy off and they don’t want armed resistance. No vehicles, electricity or heat in the homes, no industry, no jobs, full blown immigration sanctuary, legal camping on city streets. All going away inside of 10 years for U.N. Agenda 21, 2030 & 2050 depopulation. Only gov will have energy not civilians. Shutting it all off right now at the legislature.


This comment pretty much answers my previous question below. Are you allowed visitors on weekends?

Rocky Mountain

Sorry but they are captured on surveillance cameras and documented with multiple attorneys but nice try. They killed they guy down the street for failing to pay his mortgage. After they shot him and he was face down they emptied magazines into the back of his head to make sure he would never be late on a payment again and it worked.



Rocky Mountain

The rubber gun squad says surrender your firearms and use fake plastic toy replicas to scare off your attackers. Governor Polis has thrown the constitutions in the trash, they no longer exist here. No such thing as the bill or rights now in Colorado and because we’re the model for the new world order this is intended to be spread throughout all other states. Though you won’t hear this on your news. You also won’t hear we have socialist assasin teams at work here. Nah, the fake news network would never reveal such things. NAZIS in costumes come to your… Read more »


Where can I learn more about these “socialist assassin teams”? I’m assuming you didn’t just dream that up.

Rocky Mountain

Can get on the list, seems to work well for me. Move to Colorado maybe or come visit and watch out my window or talk with my other friends that encounter them. My attorneys say I’m on the list that I must not be a socialist.