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NRA magazine spread shows Pelosi, Giffords next to ‘Target Practice’ headline

This comes a week before Congress is supposed to vote on a bill requiring universal background checks.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Feb 24, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:27 pm CDT

The National Rifle Association (NRA) targeted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an image in its magazine’s March issue, according to the Huffington Post.

The group printed a spread in its magazine American Rifleman, with the headline “Target Practice” next to a photo of Pelosi. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was also seen in the photo, though her image isn’t as prominent as Pelosi’s. Giffords survived a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona in 2011, and has since become influential in gun safety discourse.

According to HuffPost, the image was first discovered by journalist Jennifer Bendery on Friday.

It soon received backlash from many on Twitter, who claimed the image could potentially incite violence.

Pelosi’s daughter weighed in, as well.

The statement, whether intentional or not, comes a week before Congress is set to vote on a bill that requires universal background checks for gun buyers.

Pelosi, along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), unveiled the bill in January of this year. Under the current law, prospective gun buyers are to go through background checks only when buying from “only federally licensed vendors,” and not from private sellers or gun shows, who are not required to conduct background checks. This is precisely what the new bill addresses, and would require all vendors to do so.

Another measure, put forth by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), would lengthen the review period for gun sales to 10 days, and allow buyers to request a review if they haven’t received a response from the background check system in that timeframe. Current law allows gun sales to go through if a background check is not completed in a three-day period.

H/T Huffington Post


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*First Published: Feb 24, 2019, 5:17 pm CST