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Crosshair Symbols - Shortly after the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, Representative Bob Brady of Pennsylvania announced that he would introduce a bill making it a federal crime to use "language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official." His intention was to ban crosshair symbols like those on a map used by Sarah Palin to demonstrate which congressional districts she was targeting for the 2012 election season. Brady's idea was to expand Expand Title 18, Section 871 of the US Code (threats against President) to include more public servants from written threats. Conservatives responded by finding several examples of Democrats using similar crosshair symbols on campaign material.

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Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the group founded by gunshot victim and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, sent an email to supporters soliciting cash and guidance on how to advance its cause in the wake of repeated legislative and election defeats. (Associated Press)

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Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, accepted an ice bucket challenge Saturday from former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (YouTube)

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Safe distance: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a sympathetic figure, but many Democrats do not want to be associated with her gun control views. (Associated Press)

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Safe distance: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a sympathetic figure, but many Democrats do not want to be associated with her gun control views. (Associated Press)

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As a leading advocate for gun control measures, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords could do more harm than good in Democrats' campaigns in firearms country.

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Safe distance: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a sympathetic figure, but many Democrats do not want to be associated with her gun control views. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2), a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won the special election in June 2012 to claim the seat she resigned following her shooting, in which he was also injured. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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U.S. Senator Mark Udall speaks on behalf of shooting victim U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a service honoring the 2011 Tucson shooting victims at University of Arizona Centennial Hall in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. One year ago, a gunman opened fire at an event for Giffords, killing six and injuring 13, including the congresswoman. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords walks with her spokesperson, Pia Carusone, before the dedication ceremony of the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, at the Pivot Point Conference Center, across the street from the courthouse, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Roll was among six people who died in front of the Tucson grocery store after stopping by to greet Giffords. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords walks with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in front of a portrait of late U.S. Federal Judge John Roll before a dedication ceremony of the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, at the Pivot Point Conference Center, across the street from the courthouse, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Judge Roll was killed during a shooting in Tucson in January 2011, where Giffords and Barber were also injured. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

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Rep. Ron Barber chats with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she touches a portrait of their friend, the late Judge John M. Roll at the dedication of John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Yuma, Ariz. Roll was among six people who died in front of the Tucson grocery store after stopping by to greet Giffords. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Charlie Leight)