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- Overall, we rate Giffords.org Left Biased based on their endorsements of Democratic political candidates and advocacy for gun control and progressive left policy. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to not always sourcing information and the infrequent promotion of misleading information.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2013, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Giffords.org) is a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on promoting gun control. It was previously known as Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS).
Their about page describes their mission as “fighting to end the gun lobby’s stranglehold on our political system.” Giffords served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are the founders. In 2011, Giffords was shot while meeting her constituents in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords survived the attack and has become an advocate for safer gun laws.
Funded by / Ownership
Giffords.org’s work is supported primarily by donors. Here is their donate page and various donation options. Nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator has awarded them 100 out of 100 on their Finance & Accountability Score, which is “an assessment of a nonprofit’s financial health (stability, efficiency, and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies,” and Donors can “Give with Confidence” to this charity.
Analysis / Bias
Giffords.org primarily endorses Democratic candidates; some of the candidates they have supported in recent elections are Adam Schiff, Democrat California – 28th District; Andrea Salinas Democrat, Oregon – 6th District, Beto O’Rourke Governor Democrat – Texas. For a complete list, please see here.
In review, articles published by Giffords.org under the blog feature topics such as the voices of gun violence survivors and youth activists. Headlines are emotionally charged, such as “Ghost Guns Are a Major Problem. Responsible Gun Owners Are Demanding Solutions.”
Articles are typically sourced through credible outlets such as The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); however, some claims are not referenced through hyperlinking. For example, a quote from the article reads, “With nearly 50,000 Americans dying from gun violence in 2021,” there is no link to a source to back up the claim. Further, while it is true nearly 50K Americans died as a result of guns, only 43% of that number were murdered by a gun, with the remaining being suicide. This is misleading as “gun violence” implies shooting another person, not oneself.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a mostly fact-based, left-leaning gun regulation advocacy group.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. They are used as a resource for fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate Giffords.org Left Biased based on their endorsements of Democratic political candidates and advocacy for gun control and progressive left policy. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to not always sourcing information and the infrequent promotion of misleading information. (M. Huitsing 09/11/2022) Updated (04/20/2023)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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