Gun Control Group Owns the NRA By Cleaning Its Front Yard

Oh no. Don't. Stop.

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November 19, 2019

A gun control organization recently struck a mighty blow against the National Rifle Association by cleaning up the trash outside the Second Amendment advocate's headquarters.

Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence announced on Twitter Monday that it had adopted the highway outside of the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. "We're picking up the trash in their front yard to send a message: Their days of playing dirty with our politics are over," the group tweeted.

"For years, the NRA has used money and power to play dirty," reads the narrator of the video, which shows gun control activists picking up trash in orange safety vests. "We're cleaning up after the NRA in their own front yard, and wherever else they've made a mess."

In a press release, Giffords explained that it would clean up the adopted highway, Virginia Highway 665, twice a year for a three-year period. "Any Virginian fed up are more than welcome to grab an orange vest and help Giffords clean up the NRA's mess," said executive director Peter Ambler.

Giffords and its affiliate organizations Giffords PAC and Giffords Law Center were founded by former Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was shot by a mentally ill man in 2011. Public filings show that Giffords PAC raised $11,000 in contributions in September, at the same time that the NRA PAC received $1.3 million, mostly from small donors.