Hashtag hijack: Libs trend #DoItForGabby; Conservatives respond with hard truths

Earlier this evening, lefties got the hashtag #DoItForGabby trending. “Gabby” is Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in the head in Tucson, Ariz., two years ago. Earlier this week, Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded a gun control organization that aims to “[b]an assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, limit guns per individual, require registration, and expand background checks.”

The success was short-lived, however, as Second Amendment supporters quickly commandeered the hashtag and taught the gun-grabbers some hard truths.

Truth #1: Giffords hasn’t always been a crusader for gun control. 

gabby giffords

Giffords posted that photo to her Flickr page in the fall of 2010.   As @exposeliberals notes, it was different then. She was running for re-election and wanted votes from Second Amendment supporters.

Truth #2: The man who shot Giffords, Jared Laughner, did not use an “assault weapon” to carry out his attack.

Loughner used a Glock semi-automatic handgun, the same kind of gun that Giffords used to brag about owning. Loughner used just one gun, not many. He obtained his weapon legally, and was able to pass a federal background check. Aside from restrictions on high-capacity magazines, it is unclear how any of Giffords’ proposals would have slowed Loughner down.

Truth #3: Laughner has serious mental health problems.

It is time to stop pretending there is no link between mental illness and mass shootings. It is also time to re-consider deinstitutionalization. Let’s do it. For Gabby.

  • ChampionCapua

    #DoIfForGabby Join the NRA: http://membership.nrahq.org/

    • Becca Lower

      This will make liberal heads explode… congrats!

      • Bill

        Signed up for the 1st time since I started shooting 6 years ago!

    • BlueGood

      honestly, I thought the hashtag read “DOLTS for GABY” at first glance…..

      She clearly identifies a MENTALLY ILL PERSON and so of course….All Legal Guns Owners must suffer for the lack of help for him.

      “DOLTS FOR GABY” would be more accurate hashtag….IMHO

      • ceyanne

        Ha! I initially saw it as DOLT for Gabby, too!

        • Capt Mike

          Good Lord! So did I! Hmmmmmm.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

            And so did I……

        • $36544368

          Good heavens, I thought I was the only one that saw that, and I have on my glasses!

          • grais

            Same here. Someone didn’t think this through.

        • $129448


          • twinx

            mega dittos!

        • Lia Markham

          OMGosh! I did, too!

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        So I come to the comments to say just that. Glad I’m not alone!

    • BlueGood

      Geesh Twitchy, why was my comment deleted??

      There was nothing offensive in it??

      Libs trend #DoItForGabby;

      Certainly looks like DOLT FOR GABBY to me…..and others…

      • WilliamAmos

        You made a reference about mental illness. Was a bit tasteless.

        • BlueGood

          I stated, she clearly identified a mentally ill person and wants legal gun owners to suffer, for his lack of treatment…or very close to that.

          How is that Tasteless William??

          • WilliamAmos

            OK misunderstood who you were talking about. I restored the comment.

          • BlueGood

            Thank you William, I do try to be inoffensive while riding the edge of the envelope in the daily pursuit of smacking Liebrals verbally up side the head……LOL

    • JeannieJ

      Thanks Champ! My husband was already a member, but this is not the time to stand back and ride coattails, so I joined up today! I did it for Gabby–I want her safe whether she likes it or not.

  • http://twitter.com/Jefffrye2 Jeff frye

    Why didn’t they start this two years ago Oh that’s right Mark still had a job with NASA Gov. cut backs so they need a none profit

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Dang, nice AK she’s got. Is that the Izhmash?

  • bonaparte3

    Liberals in the 60s emptied the mental institutions in the name of ‘progressive policy.’ It is night impossible to commit the mad to hospital- which would indeed ‘do it for Gabby.’

    • Capt Mike

      Especially in California! The law here gives all rights and decision-making latitude to the PATIENT, literally placing the lunatics in charge of the asylum…

      • $36544368

        …which is why, when my autistic son turned 18 years old, his dad and I immediately got conservatorship of him…*WE* are going to be the ones to make decisions for him…he’s very smart in some ways, but also very limited in others (i.e., ’cause and effect’)…this is one of the reasons that I won’t own a gun, although I really, really wish I could…I am taking no chances that my son might be able to figure out how to open a gun safe and actually load and use a weapon. He’s surprised me, his teachers, and his doctors before with being able to do things that we had no idea he could do. I’d rather be safe than sorry. Although I will say that my dad taught me how to shoot when I was young, and I do shoot rather well. If I did have a gun in this house, I would not be afraid to use it if the need were to arise.

        • thetreyman

          you should still get one and keep it in a safe deposit box or storage unit. just in case things get dicey in the future. i wonder if there is any money in providing storage of private citizens arms for cases just like yours. i may have to look into that. maybe get a concrete building, reenforce it with steel (basically make a big safe) with some dehumidifiers and a couple of armed guards.

        • Dom Ferrante

          Thank you for being a responsible parent and gun “owner”. I say that because, you WANT to own one, but realize your situation may not be conducive to it.

          I do agree that a bank safety deposit box could be a good option. Perhaps when smart-gun technology progresses, your situation can change.

  • Joe Molinari

    Every single thing going wrong in our republic can be traced back to progressive’s. We can know longer lock the crazy up because of them, So they roam free in our streets.I am know more certain then ever we will not recover until we fall. And fall hard we shall. The world has never been through what we will see in the coming years. The fall of rome was nothing compared to what we will try to survive through. Why do you think they are trying so hard to disarm We The People?? Get ready, These are the times that try mens souls.

    • Dom Ferrante

      I predict that at sometime in the future, the Republican party and Libertarian party will need to, somehow, merge. This is the only way to mount a solid opposition to the trending liberalism in the country. Obviously they will need to address conflicts in some principles, but it is the ONLY way I see the longterm restoration to liberty. Otherwise, the progressives will continue to “progress” us into a protectionist state.

      To be clear, I have NO problems with someone that is a moderate or SLIGHTLY liberal, I do have a problem with the radical liberals that seem to be gaining serious tracking.

      By the way, this is coming from someone who was a liberal from birth up until 10 years ago.

  • Catchance

    #DoItForGabby: Get rid of the ACLU.

  • Jack Deth

    #DoItForGabby: Show your firearms that you care.

    Take them to your favorite indoor or outdoor range. Load them. Fire them. Sharpen your shooting skills. Clean each and give them a wipe down with either Hoppe’s or Break Free, In preparation of returning to the range for more of the same on January 19th: Gun Appreciation Day.

    Also give a word of thanks to Obama. For being the most effective driving force for recent NRA memberships and civilian firearms salesman in history!

    • orringtonmom (D)

      i recently heard some blowhard whine that the NRA gleefully used sandy hook as a membership drive. these idiots have no clue that they are the reason.

      • Jack Deth

        Hi. orringtonmom:

        The blowhard(s) as usual, are only thinking things halfway through. Or
        projecting and assigning their way of thinking to others.There have been surges in NRA memberships after each news breaking, blame it on the Tea Party and responsible gun owners shooting. Ms. Giffords included.

        Said surges are from responsible gun owners to buttress the always present intimidation tool of government confiscation.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        mom, The only person I’ve read about who sees a “good side” to the Sandy Hook massacre is former Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell.


        • lainer51

          I am embarrassed to say I live in Pa. and had to put up with that “blowhard” for 8 long, arduous, excessive-spending years. We called him Gov. Spendell and Gov. Swindell… He hasn’t shut up since MSDNC gave him a microphone!!!!!!
          Sorry…. I didn’t vote for him though.

    • ProfShadow

      Mmmm….nothing like the smell of Hoppe’s in the afternoon after a fun day shooting….

      Like yesterday at the range :)

  • chris

    is her ak for sale

  • http://twitter.com/TruPundit BristolGOP Backup

    Giffords is the worst kind of scrunt.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      Least she has and excuse, the common sense cetera of her brain was shredded by laughner’s bullit. Of course she was probably a raging socialist in drag the whole time.

  • Garth Haycock

    Am I the only one who read the hashtag as Dolt For Gabby? There are so many dolts on the left that they need to be more specific.

    • $36327457

      thought exactly the same thing

    • http://twitter.com/Thor_Odinson ThorOdinson

      That was my first thought, too. Oddly appropriate when you think about it.

    • Matthew Morris

      You think as I do.

    • lainer51

      ha – that is how I read it too– made perfect sense to me.

    • ceyanne

      Nope. First time I saw it that’s what I thought it said, too.

  • Stoop_Davy_Dave

    I’ll admit it; it took me three scans of that hashtag to finally see that it didn’t say “Dolt For Gabby”.

    • mickeyco

      Thanks, Thought it was just me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    The libs are like whiny kids they will LIE,CHEAT or STEAL to get what they want.

  • fishydude

    Given that the state run asylums were worse than prisons with utterly inhumane conditions, closing most if them was the only thing a free society could do. The state is incapable of providing any such care with efficiency and compassion.
    In a free society there are risks. And some of those risks are made worse by the medications that are prescribed to help.
    Taking guns away from the law abiding only increases the risks because the evil and insane will always find ways to get weapons.

  • overboosted

    I did it for Gabby last night. My wife was pi ssed wondering who “Gabby” was……….


  • AtlasShrugged11

    I’m still pissed about the campaign pep rally that was suppose to be a memorial service for the people died. They even passed out tshirts…what no baloon drop? Such sickos! Thanks for posting that picture of gabby with a gun. That ought to be put up on a billboard.

  • http://grannycafe.wordpress.com/ Granny Cakes

    I didn’t know about Gabby’s pandering to gun owners when she campaigned. I swear, I hate politicians. They are all a bunch of flip flopping pandering liars, Gabby included.

  • monkkey

    Why is it, when someone “special” is killed or seriously injured by a Loon with a weapon, that Congress has to make a move to restrict gun types and ownership….yet they never broach the subject of “MENTAL HEALTH” or restricting freedom for these Loons that doctors and others have suspected are “loose cannons” all along??? This will be another sequence where our Reps in Congress will once again attempt to legislate the “Human Condition” all the time knowing that it can’t be done….

    • Dom Ferrante

      You must have missed Senator Reid’s response to the President’s gun-control policy. Reid said: “We’re legislators… we need to do our job and legislate.”

      I’d argue that a legislators job is to discuss, debate and deny bad laws from being enacted. A Congress that passes zero laws, because all the proposed bills were bad, earned their money in my book.

  • pkill

    Just 2 privileged government employees who never had to work or live an average person’s life. Ban guns? From the non criminals only? What a joke these idiots are!

  • Conrad2010

    So the shooter is a Liberal. Now who the hell would have guessed.

  • ctmom

    I thought it said #DOLTSFORGABBY.

    • Silence Dogood

      LMAO! Me too!

    • Hiraghm

      LMAO! Me three!

  • ctmom

    Sounds like Gabby’s dutiful husband is looking for a second career in politics. Wish he would just focus on his family and getting Gabby well.

  • Hiraghm

    “Truth #2: The man who shot Giffords, Jared Laughner, did not use an “assault weapon” to carry out his attack.”

    “Assault Weapon” is an oxymoron; ALL weapons are “assault”, or they aren’t weapons. Please give an example of a non-assault weapon?

    If he’d attacked with a pocketknife, it would have been an assault weapon.

    • dmbatten

      I only have ‘Defense Weapons’, I defend myself against assaults. I think Jim Williams has it backwards.

    • dmbatten

      I only have ‘Defense Weapons’, I defend myself against assaults. I think Jim Williams has it backwards.

  • EastValleyConservative

    Good luck getting any of Arizona to agree with you Gabby. No go. We have to deal with the border which is not protected—and if we don’t have guns, this administration has ensured that those across the border DO. That will never be addressed. Fast and Furious nonsense.

  • Guest

    Oh! Do “IT” for Gabby. I thought it was “Dolt” for Abby.

  • Chris Johnson

    Tell us what medication they were on #doitforgabby

  • FrancisMcManus

    Gabby Giffords didn’t change her mind about supporting a ban on new sales of semi-automatic rifles like the Bushmaster .223 after she was shot in the head (and 6 innocent bystanders were killed) in Tucson, she changed her mind about it when 20 children and 6 adults were killed in 10 minutes in Newtown CT, after Aurora, after…

    If being shot and watching massacres happen over and over are not valid reasons to change your mind about common sense gun restrictions, what is?

  • http://twitter.com/ObamaLies2Much Obama Lies

    Is it just me or does it look like the hashtag is DOLT for Gabby.

    I mean THAT is more fitting for most of the Libtards using it to press their bogus agenda…