Giffords on Gun Violence: 'Enough'
Giffords, Mark Kelly talk to Diane Sawyer about gun control group
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 7:21 AM CST
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(Newser) – Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly sat down with Diane Sawyer last night to talk about their new gun control group and their emotional visit to Newtown in the wake of the school shooting there. Highlights from ABC News:

  • Giffords and Kelly, both now retired, initially imagined a life out of the spotlight, but after the Sandy Hook shooting, Giffords says, she thought: "Enough." That was what convinced them it was time to take action.
  • Giffords' message for Newtown was "strength," she says. "Gabby often told them, 'You got to have strength. You got to fight for something,'" Kelly adds.
  • "Yes, a Glock," Giffords says when asked if she still owns a gun. "Gabby and I are both gun owners," says Kelly. "We are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. Why can't we just make it more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns?" They also oppose extended magazines: "An extended magazine is used to kill people," he says. "Lots of people."

  • As for the argument that more people with guns could actually stop gun violence, Kelly says there was "a good guy with a gun" nearby when Giffords got shot, and he almost shot the wrong person.
  • "After the shooting in Tucson, there was talk about addressing some of these issues, [and] again after [the movie theater massacre in] Aurora," Kelly says. "I'm hopeful that this time is different, and I think it is. Twenty first-graders being murdered in their classrooms is a very personal thing for everybody."
  • The couple also talks about Giffords' progress since her injury. She calls it a "struggle," but says she is still improving. "You're walking faster, and if I tug you along, you can go even faster," Kelly says. And she plans to walk through the Capitol talking about gun control.
Meanwhile, yesterday in Tucson, the second anniversary of the shooting that wounded Giffords and killed six others was marked by competing events in a police station parking lot, the AP reports. A councilman on one side of the lot gave out $50 gift cards to people who turned firearms in to police; a state senator on the other side organized an unregulated marketplace where guns were legally exchanged with no paperwork required. And Roxanna Green, mother of the youngest victim Christina-Taylor Green, released an ad calling for gun control.

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Jan 9, 2013 6:28 PM CST
It never fails. Every time a gun violence incident occurs the Liberals scream "GUN CONTROL"!!!! What frigging bullshit. IF the government would enforce the laws already on the books, and require businesses and hospitals to report as required, then the gun violence "problem" would diminish rapidly. We all know, of course, that such a thing would never happen, no matter how many lives it would save. So the merry go round will continue circling until another and another and another incident occurs and more people are killed. And each time it happens Liberals will happily scream for more restrictions on honest, reliable gun owners while leaving the criminals and nutjobs armed to the teeth and free to continue their criminal activities free of worrying that someone will have a gun to stop them. God help us all.
Jan 9, 2013 12:16 PM CST
Love the picture it has become a thing for Mark Kelly to regularly run ole Gabby out at news events like a Charley McCarthy with Kelly close behind to provide the thinking. The ultimate Pimp.
Jan 9, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Just like the Brady bill, this will change nothing.