Democrats like shooting guns, too
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) fired a handgun at a shooting range as part of her "Rights and Responsibilities Tour" on Monday. In an op-ed in USA Today, she wrote that she still values the Second Amendment despite her own experience: "Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting. But I'm a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage."
Giffords' stance isn't unique in her party; there are plenty of Dems celebrating the right to bear arms. For example, in June, after his work on gun control legislation, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) released an ad countering an NRA attack, saying "I’m a lifetime NRA member but I don’t walk in lock step with the NRA’s Washington leadership, this administration or any special interest group":