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Is the Photo of Gabrielle Giffords With a Rifle an Example of "Elitist Hypocrisy"?

A radio host from a Tucson radio station posted a photo online of what he calls proof of "elitist hypocrisy"-- former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords holding a so-called assault rifle.

The only thing is, that radio station host, as well as Breitbart.com, showed the photo of Giffords with the rifle, although a Tucson police officer, in his SWAT uniform, is cropped out of the picture.

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That part was conveniently left out of the "reports" on the matter.

"Mark Kelly's campaign against 'assault weapons' such as the AR-15 rifle has sparked a local backlash," Breitbart.com declares. "On March 13, a Tucson, Arizona radio host published a photograph of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords holding an AR-15 rifle at a gun range. Giffords has since confirmed that the photograph is authentic."

The guy who posted the photo, James T. Harris, claims it's evidence of "elitist hypocrisy."

"According my source, Giffords personally requested the photograph after shooting the AR-15," he writes. "Why is Giffords smiling? She's smiling because she loves her big ole 'assault riffle,' (sic) the AR-15."

The full photo, showing the police officer, along with an explanation, was later posted on Giffords' Facebook page.

"The first [photo] is at the Tucson Police Department firing range," the post in Giffords' name says. "They invited me to test rifles and tasers that they bought with federal funds, which I helped secure."

We'd like to think that changes things a bit, but let's hear from you. Knowing that Giffords' holding of the gun was related to a law-enforcement event, with cops, do you think it's still "elitist hypocrisy" for Giffords and her husband to campaign for gun-control laws?

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Matthew Hendley
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