Arizona Republicans pledge to stop shooting survivor's husband 'dead in his tracks'

Arizona Republicans pledge to stop shooting survivor's husband 'dead in his tracks'
Mark Kelly speaking with supporters at the Phoenix launch of his U.S. Senate campaign at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona. By Gage Skidmore
The Right Wing

Mark Kelly’s wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, barely survived a mass shooting, sustaining injuries that ended her career in electoral politics. So how are Arizona Republicans trying to fundraise against Kelly as he runs for Senate? If your answer is “I don’t know yet, but I bet it’s grossly insensitive,” you win.

State Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward sent out a fundraising email saying that “Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks.” The email cites a 2015 statement by Kelly that “where there are more guns, people are less safe,” a statement that’s empirically true, across states and across countries.

So: The man’s wife was nearly killed in a mass shooting, launching him into years of advocacy against gun violence. He made a true statement, and then he ran for Senate, something his wife would probably have done had her political career not been cut short. And Republicans countered with “we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks.”

Republicans really couldn’t be more determined to make this timeline as sordid and brutal as possible, could they?

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