Giffords, Kelly Launch Gun Control Group
They say it will be able to counter the gun lobby's influence
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 8, 2013 7:53 AM CST
In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Today is the second anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, and she and Mark Kelly mark the occasion by launching a group pushing for "responsible" gun laws. "Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising, and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun-violence groups. No longer," they write in an Arizona Republic op-ed. "With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people … legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby." "We don't want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home," they add, arguing that most Americans want the kind of reasonable reforms they do. Giffords and Kelly also sit down with Diane Sawyer on ABC News today, the Wall Street Journal notes, and the website for their group is already up. In other gun control news:

  • Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group will air an ad tomorrow that features the mother of Christina Taylor-Green, the 9-year-old killed in the Tucson shooting, Politico reports.
  • The Republic has an interview with Roxanna Green, who is in Newtown to call for reform. "I'm angry now," she says. "I'm going to take every opportunity to speak out."
  • Joe Biden's gun control task force is calling reps for gun owner groups, victim organizations, and video game industry to the White House this week to discuss measures to curb gun violence, the AP reports. Obama has promised that the group will produce results by the end of the month.

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Jan 13, 2013 11:55 AM CST
i hate this world
Jan 10, 2013 8:32 PM CST
Well, so much for my ex-congressworman and what she used to be. Early on in her political career (before Mark), she was a good member of the NRA and, even though being Dem (me a middle-of-the-road Rep), she wasn't so bad a representative. Then came the horrific shooting of which she had to quit her congressional seat for convalescence. She's a long way from being what she used to be, may never be again and, it seems Mark has her literally in tow using(?) her name and whatever influence he can gain therein in the anti-gun camp. And there seems to be a LOT of $$$$$ in this new gun control pac that has been started. Bets on the next well-to-do couple...........
Jan 8, 2013 4:20 PM CST
Giffords is a PROPAGANDA ARTIST for the CIA, just as the Brady's were! NO ONE ever told the true story of why PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS SHOT! It was Dan Rather and Hollyweirdo Socialists/communists DRUGGED AND BRAINWASHED Hinkley to do this. THEY DID IT ON LIVE TELEVISION! And I WAS THE ONLY ONE TO REPORT THIS TO THE AUTHORITIES, BEFORE THE SHOOTING OCCURRED! The CIA publicly stated in the late 1960's, in Chicago, IL that they were going to take away private ownership of guns, to create a CIA dictatorship! They then made a deal with Chicago/Illinois Politicians to have them pass all of the anti-gun laws they could, to help the CIA! In exchange, the CIA would not commit terrorism in the Illinois/Wisconsin geographic area. Part of the deal was that Illinois SUPPLY A BLACK PRESIDENT TO BE A MAJOR FACTOR IN THIS CRIME OF DESTROYING A FREE AMERICA! Why a black President? Because the wealthy White people always use blacks to do work that they themselves are unwilling to do! AND OBAMA IS NOT AN AMERICA ON PURPOSE! Why? HIS OATH OF OFFICE MEANS NOTHING, as he is NOT AN AMERICAN. So the only crime he is guilty of is CONSPIRACY WITH THE CIA! And you are all too GUTLESS TO STAND UP TO THE FAMOUSLY CORRUPT CIA!