Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gabby Giffords: "Congress Is Afraid of the Gun Lobby"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

The Washington Post digs into the latest on Gabby Giffords' fight against gun violence:

In a new ad set to air before and after Tuesday night's State of the Union address, former Rep. Gabby Giffords says it's time to "tell Washington it's too dangerous to wait" for gun-control legislation. The ad was produced by Americans for Responsible Solutions — the 501(c)(4) started by the Arizona Democrat and her husband Mark Kelly soon after she was critically injured at a campaign event in Tuscon that left six of her constituents dead — and is set to air on MSNBC and CNN nationwide.

It juxtaposes the gun violence-prevention plan outlined in President Obama's 2013 State of the Union with the relative inertia that followed, especially after the Manchin-Toomey amendment pushing for universal background checks failed 54 - 46 in the Senate (60 votes were necessary for the bill to advance). Giffords mentions a Washington Post/ABC News poll from April that showed over 90 percent of Americans support background checks — specifically at guns shows — in the ad, as well as the $243 million the National Rifle Association spent in 2010 fighting these efforts.

"As Congress delays," Pia Carusone, Americans for Responsible Solutions executive director, said, "gun violence rages on in our nation and we continue imploring Congress and state houses around the country to take action. It's too dangerous to wait. For example, today we are in Washington state to lend our voice and support to the state initiative to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill."

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