Gabby Giffords Keeps Up Gun Control Crusade In 'Rights And Responsibilities' Tour
July 8, 2013 5:59 AM EST
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was nearly killed by a gunman two and a half years ago, is continuing her gun control advocacy with a seven-day, seven-state “Rights and Responsibilities” tour promoting background checks for gun buyers and gun safety for those who already own firearms.
Joined by her husband, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Giffords has visited seven states from Alaska to Maine, culminating in an appearance in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday.
Giffords, 43, who was a Democratic congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz., says her “Rights and Responsibilities” tour isn’t anti-gun at all. In fact, Giffords and Kelly visited several shooting ranges during the tour, praising responsible gun owners. For Giffords, the problem lies with lax gun laws that allow firearms into the hands of irresponsible owners.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage — the courage to do what’s right, the courage of new ideas,” she said in an Alaska speech, according to the Washington Post. “I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now is the time to come together. Be responsible. Democrats and Republicans, everyone — everyone — we must do something. Fight, fight, fight. Be bold, be courageous. The nation is counting on you.”
Giffords was joined by several parents who lost their children in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan, praised Giffords’ efforts during a stop in Maine.
“If all of our politicians were like Gabby, or Sen. [Susan] Collins and Sen. [Angus] King [both of Maine], we would not need to be here today. But they’re not, so we are here,” Hockley told Portland’s WMTW.
In April, Giffords pushed for an administration-backed bill requiring expanded background checks for gun buyers. Under the proposed regulations, anyone purchasing a gun -- including at a gun show or online -- would need to undergo criminal and mental health background checks. The Senate ultimately shot the bill down, and Giffords stated in an op-ed for the New York Times that she was “furious” over the nation’s refusal to pass further gun control laws after Sandy Hook.
Giffords' anger over the Senate’s decision led directly to the “Rights and Responsibilities” tour. On the tour, she has championed the bipartisan bill as a strong example of "common-sense" gun reform.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- In Photos, Typhoon Rammasun Blasts the Philippines
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
Join the Conversation
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- New Zealand and China Decide to Boost Defence Ties
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Russian Govt Found Tinkering Wikipedia Crash Info
- Scientists Warn MERS Virus Could be Spread Airborne
- British PM Cameron Urges Tough Sanctions Against Russia
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- Moto 360 Price Speculations, Key Features, Strategic Release Date, Design: A Watch That is More Than Just Time
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apps Leak Online, Five Fresh Features to Expect from the Android Smartphone
- Google Nexus 8 Release Date Soon Along with 2 More HTC Android Tablets – Reports
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- iPad Air 2 Release Date Will Skip IGZO Panel; To Rollout with Super-Slim iPad Mini Air
- Upcoming iPad Mini 3 Could be 30% Thinner and Likely be Called iPad Mini Air; Apple Q3 Results Show 9% Decrease in iPad Sales