"Gabby Giffords gets mean" blares a Sunday Politico headline for a story attacking Giffords, who was shot in the head at a public event in 2011, for running pro-gun control ads through her PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, against Republicans in various states. Writer Alex Isenstadt calls the spots "some of the nastiest ads of the campaign season" and calls Giffords a "ruthless attack dog." He also implies that the gunshot wound Giffords took to the head is an unfair advantage because it presents "quite the conundrum" for those who might otherwise attack her.
Eager to see "Giffords’ bare-knuckled approach" for myself, I fired up the most controversial ad, an attack on Arizona Republican Martha McSally, who is running for Giffords' former seat, which the congresswoman gave up in 2012 to focus on recovering from being shot. The ad features a woman named Vicki, who describes how her daughter's ex-boyfriend, who had a history of stalking her, was able to get a gun and murder both Vicki's daughter and husband. In another ad, a woman named Carol explains how a man with a criminal background was able to murder her daughter because he bought his gun at a gun show, where background checks are not required.