Pelosi’s daughter slams NRA over ‘target practice’ article

American Rifleman

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) daughter ‏slammed the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Saturday over a magazine spread depicting a photo of her mother and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) next to a headline that read “Target Practice.”

The subtitle of the article stated: “Congressional Democrats target gun owners for persecution with extreme firearm transfer bans.” It focused on Democratic efforts to pass legislation that would enhance background checks for gun purchases, which the House is set to vote on next week.

“We must condemn this intentional, outrageous criminal incitement. We cannot allow this hate speech to stop common sense gun violence prevention,” Pelosi’s daughter, Christina Pelosi, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

In another tweet she accused the gun rights organization of “inciting violence” against the Democratic House leader with the article headline.

Photos of the article from the American Rifleman magazine’s March 2019 edition made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, with Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) also accusing the NRA of publishing a “call for violence” with the spread.{mosads}

“The NRA should face legal consequences. But let’s put them out of business with boycotts and ballot boxes,” Swalwell tweeted.

Fred Guttenberg, who rose to prominence last year after becoming an advocate for gun control following the death of his daughter in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, also took issue with the magazine layout.

“Magazine covers and titles are highly thought out. People get paid a lot of money on decisions like this,” he tweeted. “The decision in NRA magazine to have an article titled Target Practice next to photo of Pelosi and Giffords is intentional. This is incitement of violence and not OK!”

Giffords has been a vocal advocate for gun control after nearly being shot to death during a shooting in 2011 when meeting with constituents in Arizona. Six people died in the shooting.

Pelosi has also previously discussed receiving threats during her time in office and was also one of several prominent Democrats who were allegedly the targets of a widespread attack that a Coast Guard lieutenant charged this week was accused of plotting.

The NRA did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Saturday.

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