Giffords Preps for New Battle: Gun Control
Husband Mark Kelly helps her fill in the gaps
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Gabrielle Gifford sits with her husband Mark Kelly, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords seems an unlikely advocate for gun control, considering she hardly eeks out two-word answers in an interview about her future. "A little," she says of missing Washington; "wasteland," she quips about her least-favorite place. But that very strain could make the former Democratic lawmaker from Arizona a powerful, moving voice in the growing movement for gun legislation, the New York Times reports. "Sometimes you have to do things that are hard," says husband Mark Kelly, who often intuits her thoughts and expresses them. Giffords adds, "Really hard."

Still recovering from a shooting that left her partly paralyzed, Giffords is the main rep for an anti-gun advocacy group and separate PAC called Americans for Responsible Solutions. Meanwhile, similar groups are rising up and challenging the political campaigns of lawmakers who oppose gun control—using money to fight the NRA at its own game. So far Giffords and Kelly are focused on two big issues for President Obama: better background checks and smaller-capacity magazines. And it's not just politics for the Arizona couple, as Kelly makes clear: "A universal background check would have directly affected what happened here in Tucson."

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SuperLemonTony
Feb 12, 2013 11:34 AM CST
Is it me or does that picture look like an 'uglier' more 'trollish' version of Sarah Palin that bitches and whines a lot? Yea you were shot, A LOT of people are every day, they move on get educated protected and don't let themselves be a victim again. I guess they through KoJack to support your feeble attempt to be part of something wrong.
right2dave
Feb 11, 2013 5:33 PM CST
She needs to attend meeting like she needs a hole in the head.....oops
mind_riot
Feb 11, 2013 7:58 AM CST
GO GABBY i disagree with you on gun control but that doesnt change you have more heart then a cage fighter ,